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.