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Suquamish Indians. From a native place name.

Suquamish Connections. They belonged to the Nisqually branch of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic stock, their closest connections being with the Duwamish. The famous Seattle was chief of both tribes.

Suquamish Location. On the west side of Puget Sound, according to Paige (1857) claiming the territory from Applegate Cove to Gig Harbor.

Suquamish Villages and Subdivisions

  • Saktabsh, on Sinclair Inlet, Dyes Inlet, and southern Blakely, Blakely Island, with villages at Bremerton and on Eagle Harbor.
  • Suquamish, on Liberty Bay, at Port Madison, and on the northern part of Blakely Island, with villages at Suquamish, above Poulsbo, and at Point Monroe.

Suquamish Population. (See Duwamish.) The Suquamish numbered 441 in 1857, 180 in 1909, and 307 in 1910, according to the census of that year. The United States Indian Office returned 204 “Susquamish” Indians in 1910, probably meaning this tribe. In 1937 it returned 168 “Suquamish.”

Connection in which the Suquamish Indians have become noted. The name Suquamish is applied to a town in Kitsap County, Wash.

MLA Source Citation:

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953. Web. 31 January 2015. - Last updated on Jul 4th, 2012

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