The Tsawout First Nation is one of the five First Nations included under what is known as the Saanich Nation or the W̱SÁNEĆ people. XALS was a transformer who was active in the creation of the land in their territory, transforming their ancestors into different landmarks in the landscape. 1

The Tsawout speak a dialect of Northern Straits Salish called SENĆOŦEN, which is the most fluently spoken dialect of the language. 2

Tsawout, Coast Salish artist Doug LaFortune has fifteen prints in the collections at the University of Victoria.

Above References:

1 The Tsawout First Nation http://www.tsawout.com/index.php/about-tsawout

2 First Peoples' Language Map of British Columbia http://maps.fphlcc.ca/sencoten
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