The Coast Salish peoples consist of a large group of different First Nations communities in the Coastal areas of southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Washington in the United States. The term 'Coast Salish' is a broad term that attempts to blanket these diverse nations and peoples. This large group is also linked to the larger designation of the Salish peoples and languages.
Eight languages are spoken by Coast Salish peoples, these include Éy7á7juuthem or Comox (K'omoks, Klahoose, Homalco First Nations); Sḵwxwú7mesh sníchi (Squamish); She shashishalhem (Sechelt First Nation); Nəxʷsƛ̕ayəmúcən or Klallam (Scia'new First Nations); Pəntl’áč (Pentlatch); SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke (or Northern Straits Salish, spoken by the Saanich peoples); Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hənqəminəm (Parksville, Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island and communities around the Fraser River and Harrison Lake on the mainland); Lhéchelesem or Nooksack. 1
There are quite a few Coast Salish artists represented in the University of Victoria's Art Collection. Among these are Susan A. Point, lessLIE, Joseph M. Wilson, Manuel Salazar, Stan Greene, Floyd Joseph, Rod Modeste, Maynard Johnny Jr., Luke Marston, Doug LaFortune, Andy Peterson, Dylan Thomas, Charles W. Elliott and Edward Joe, just to name a few. The prints in this collection reflect both the diversity of Coast Salish communities as well as the artists themselves.