Language: Lushootseed
Family: Twana
Stock: Central Salish
Phylum: Salishan
Macro-Culture: Northwest
Speakers 60   1990 M. D. Kincade (total language)
   The Sahewamish were sedentary coastal hunter/gatherers and relied heavily on fishing.  They were located on the southwester inlets of Puget Sound from about the Nisqually to present Shelton.  They suffered from the White influx.
Aboriginal Locations (Villages)
WA  (6)
Present Locations
WA  Nisqually Reservation, Yelm
Year History
1787 Strait of Juan de Fuca discovered by Charles Barkley
1788 Visited by Mears
1790 Manual Quimper explored both shores of strait
1792 Area charted by Capt. George Vancouver
1827 Hudson Bay Company founded Fort Langley
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1824 Treaty of Medicine Creek
Year  Population Source
1700 1,200 NAHDB calculation 
1780 1,200 Mooney estimate
1800 1,200 NAHDB calculation
1900 800 NAHDB calculation
1907 780 Mooney estimate
2000 2,000 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Duwamish, Suquamiish
Duwamish Sites:
Black River Disappears in July 1916
Lushootseed Language
Lushootseed Linguistic Lineage
Lushootseed, Puget Salish
Northwest Coast Culture and Ethnobotany
Vancouver Begins British Survey of Puget Sound, 1792

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