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Okanagon, Ottawa, Passamaquoddy and Puntlatsh Indians
Okanagon. A tribe living on
Okanagan Lake and later in the Similkameen Valley, and extending
southward on the west side of Okanogan River to old Fort Okanogan in
the State of Washington. (See
Ottawa. This tribe occupied Manitoulin Island
and bands belonging to it extended eastward toward Ottawa River. At
a very early period they made settlements in the southern peninsula
of Michigan. (See
Passamaquoddy. A tribe affiliated with the
Malecite, living on Passamaquoddy Bay and St. Croix River, in New
Brunswick and Maine. (See
Puntlatsh. Phonetically rendered Pentlatc,
Connections. The Puntlatsh constituted a
dialectic group of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic
Location. On the east coast of Vancouver Island between the
Cowichan and Comox tribes.
Hwahwatl, on Englishman River.
Puntlatsh, on Baynes Sound and Puntlatsh River.
Sašmen, on Kwalekum River.
History. The history of the Puntlatsh is practically the same
as that of the Cowichan (q. v.).
Population. Mooney (1928) estimates 300 Puntlatsh in 1780;
reduced to 13 in 1906.
Connection in which they have become noted. The Puntlatsh
have given their name to Puntlatsh River, B. C.
The Indian Tribes of North of America, by
John Swanton, 1953