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Regions with significant populations
United States (Washington)
English, Lushootseed
Related ethnic groups
other Salishan Twana peoples

The Sahewamish are a Northwest Native American tribe of the Lushootseed people. They were fisherman and hunter-gatherers, sedentary, and lived in the southwestern inlets of Puget Sound from Shelton, Washington, to the Nisqually River. There were about six villages.[1]

While some descendants of the tribe live on the Nisqually Reservation near Olympia, others live on the Squaxin Island Tribe reservation near Shelton.



In 1990, there were about 60 older adult speakers of the Sahewamish dialect, of the Salishan Lushootseed language.


  1. ^ "Sahewamish". Four Directions Institute. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-05.