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Seechelt. From their own name
Siciatl (c=sh). Also called:
Niciatl, Comox name.
Connections. The Seechelt constituted a distinct dialectic
group of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic family.
Location. On Jervis and Seechelt Inlets, Nelson Island, and
the southern part of Texada Island, B. C.
Anciently there were four divisions or septs of the
Seechelt, as follows:
|Kunechin, at the head of Queen's Reach,
Jervis Inlet. Skaiakos, with no fixed abode.
Tsonai, at Deserted Bay at the junction of Queen's Reach and
Princess Royal Reach, Jervis Inlet.
Tuwanek, at the head of Narrow's Arm, Seechelt Inlet.
The Kunechin and Tsonai are said to be descended from
Kwakiutl from Fort Rupert. Later all Seechelt came to live
|in one town called Chatelech, on Trail Bay,
at the neck of Seechelt Peninsula.
History. As above noted, two of the original
four septs of the Seechelt trace their origin to Kwakiutl Indians
from Fort Rupert. On physical grounds Hill-Tout (1902) thought them
to be related to the Lillooet. Their history after the coming of
Europeans has been similar to that of their neighbors. They were
converted to Roman Catholicism by Bishop Durieu.
Population. Mooney (1928) estimates that there were 1,000
Seechelt in 1780. In 1902 Hill-Tout gave a population of 325 but the
Canadian Department of Indian Affairs only 236. The latter authority
has 244 in 1909.
Connection in which they have become noted. The Seechelt have
given their name to Seechelt Inlet.
The Indian Tribes of North of America, by
John Swanton, 1953