|Bull trout, the "speckled fish" of the Sinixt people|
- They originated from British Columbia.
- When the boundary was drawn between Canada and United States, extending to the Pacific Ocean, in 1849, it divided the upper and lower Lakes people.
- The Lakes people on the lower end of the 49th Parallel were added to the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State in 1872.
- These were nomadic people: hunters, fishermen, and gatherers.
- The Lakes people spoke a dialect of the Interior Salish that is closely related to the Okanogan people, which is what is taught today.
|Historic illustration of bull trout (once called Dolly Varden) from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife|
On my blog, I am posting a series on the life of the Lakes people as it has been taught to me before cell phones and video games. When children roamed the mountains and shores of the Columbia River learning to hunt and gather roots and berries. A simple life. A life fulfilled.
Haiku Poem of the Speckled Fish People
To the Creator they pray
Life: hunt, fish, gather
A few words of the Lakes Language as taught to me by Elder Marguerite Ensminger:
Sinixt or Sinyekst: Bull Trout or Speckled Fish People
Hamis-hamis: Morning Dove
huh miss-huh miss