Duwamish (tribe)

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Duwamish ("the People of the Inside") is a Native American tribe in western Washington. The tribe lives along Elliott Bay, a small section of Puget Sound in Seattle. Chief Seattle was a member of both the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

The Duwamish language belongs to the Salishan family. Some members of the tribe moved onto their reservation in 1855 after the signing of the Point Elliott Treaty. Unlike many other Northwest Coast indigenous groups, many Duwamish did not move to reservation lands, yet still retian much of their cultural heritage. Like many Northwest Coast natives, the Duwamish relied heavily on fishing for their survival and their livelihood.

The Lushootseed (language of several Salishan groups) word for the Duwamish people is xwduʔabš.

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