Shuswap (shōˈswäp) [key], Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Salishan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). In the mid-19th cent. they lived in S British Columbia on the Fraser River and numbered some 7,000. The Shuswap, numbering about 5,000 in 1991, now live on reserves in British Columbia.
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