Tyee - The Big Chief
Tyee Lake was called after Big Chief - it means big chief
But Tyee is not shuswap
It's chinook,i think
But its not my language
Pashish'kwa - that means lake in my language
Shadad'kwa - that means river
I can't tell you how to spell it,
But that's how we say it.
It's a hard language,shuswap - real hard
When i got out of mission school
I had to ask what the 'indians' were saying
I couldn't understand them.
I almost forgot my own language.
It's shuswap,my language.
Mary Augusta Tappage -1888~1978
"A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass."- Teton Sioux proverb