Chilcotin, also known as Tsilhqut’in, is a language of the Salishan family spoken in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is one of the few Salishan languages still spoken in its traditional territory, which covers a large area of the interior of the province.
The Chilcotin language is endangered, with only a few hundred speakers remaining. Most of these are elderly, and the language is not being passed down to younger generations. However, there are efforts underway to revive the language, and some children are now learning it in school.
The Chilcotin language has a rich oral tradition, and many of its stories and songs have been passed down through the generations. These include stories about the creation of the world, the first people, and the animals that live in the Chilcotin territory.
The Chilcotin language is also known for its unique sound, which is unlike any other Salishan language. This is due to the fact that it has been isolated from other languages for centuries.
If you are interested in learning more about the Chilcotin language, there are a few resources available. The Chilcotin Language Dictionary is a good place to start, as it contains over 4,000 words. There is also a Chilcotin language app available for iPhone and iPad, which can be used to learn the basics of the language.