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Comox Indians of Canada

Comox. Significance unknown; so called by the Lekwiltok. Also called:

Catloīltx, own name.

Connections. The Comox constituted a dialetic group of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic family.

Location. On the east coast of Vancouver Island including both sides of Discovery Passage, between the Puntlatch and Kwakiutl.

Subdivisions

Clahoose, on Toba Inlet.
Comox, on both sides of Discovery Passage between Chancellor Channel and Cape Mudge.
EŽksen, about Oyster Bay.
Homalko, on the east side of Bute Inlet.
Kaške, on the southeast coast of Valdes Island.
Kakekt, at Cape Lazo.
Sliammon, on Malaspina Inlet.
TatpoŲs, on the eastern part of Valdes Island.

History. The Comox were visited by Europeans somewhat later than the Cowichan (q. v.), otherwise their history has been the same.

Population. Mooney (1928) estimated that in 1780 there were 400 Comox on Vancouver Island and 1,400 on the mainland. In 1906 he gives 59 and 265 respectively.

Connection in which they have become noted. An important port on Vancouver Island is named after the Comox.

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