noun (plural same or Shuswaps)
1A member of an American Indian people of southern British Columbia.
- They stole up the mountain behind the Shuswap, attacked and forced the Shuswaps over the bluff, killing most.
- It separates two great cultures of North American Indians: the Kootenays and Shuswaps to the west, and the Stoney and Blackfoot tribes to the east.
- The Shuswaps are related to other Salish tribes, all of whom could organize themselves into a confederation of Indian nations.
2The Salishan language of the Shuswap.
- There is however at least one language that does have words beginning with the letters < cq >, namely Secwepmectsín, known in English as Shuswap.
Relating to the Shuswap or their language.
- Other causes to which he was attracted were those of the Lil'Wat Nation and the Shuswap activists involved in the armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake.
- Because Manuel's Shuswap community suffers from 80 percent unemployment and public benefits average only $165 a month, it must depend on hunting, fishing and other forms of traditional land use for day-to-day survival.
- In case you're wondering, < x > in Shuswap spelling represents the voiceless uvular fricative.
From the Shuswap self-designation sexwépemc.
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