Coast Salish territory has many distinct groups, each with their own name. Ancestral Coast Salish lands surround Puget Sound, and extend north to the Gulf of Georgia, encompassing southeastern Vancouver Island and southern mainland British Columbia.
Population: Approximately 50,000 Language: More than a dozen related languages and dialects in the Salishan language family
IN COAST SALISH TERRITORY—SEATTLE AREA
IN COAST SALISH TERRITORY—VANCOUVER
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Coast Salish Twana basket
MEANINGS OF MOUNTAINS
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Cowichan spindle whorl
See more of the Museum's collection of Coast Salish objects.