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  • proper n. A Central Salishan language spoken on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Halkomelem is closely related to Squamish (Sḵwxwú7mesh snichim).


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  • Some linguistic sources attribute it to an alteration of cohose from a Pacific Northwest Native American language, Halkomelem, which is part of a group of languages known as Salish from southwestern British Columbia.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Chinook being a trade language is easier for anyone to learn--we were communicating in it after a weekend--so it's an option for people who want to keep a hold on their culture but are daunted by Halkomelem. ANYONE FOR SALISHAN?


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