Skagit peoples

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The Skagit (/ˈskæɪt/ SKAJ-it) (″People Who Hide″ or ″People Who Run and Hide Upriver [the Skagit River]″) are either of two tribes of the Lushootseed Native American people living in the state of Washington, the Upper Skagit and the Lower Skagit.

They speak Skagit (also called Swinomish), a subdialect of the Northern dialect of Lushootseed, which is part of the Salishan family. As of 1977, there were an estimated 100 speakers of Skagit.[1]

The Skagit River, Skagit Bay, and Skagit County all derive their names from the Skagit people.


  1. ^ Skagit at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)

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