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The Salishans are a cultural-linguistic group of peoples in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. Among the most famous Salishans is Chief Seattle, leader of the Duwamish tribe, after whom the city of Seattle is named. Other well known Salishan tribes include the Bella Coola (Nuxalk), Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. The Salishan languages are famous for their unusual characteristics. They have a large inventory of consonants and some even feature words without any vowels.