Language: St̓át̓imcetsDialect: Ucwalmícwts (Lower St̓át̓imc)
Historically known as: Samakwa Band
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"The recently re-constructed community of Baptiste-Smith, located at the southwest end of Little Lillooet Lake on the Lillooet River system, is the newest of those along the Lillooet River. It is the current residence of members of the Samahquam [shah-MAH-kwum] Nation, who had previously lived on the Samahquam Reserve (I.R. 1) about 5 kilometres south of Baptiste-Smith (I.R. 1b)."1
The Samahquam speak Ucwalmícwts (Lower St̓át̓imc).
Population: 362 2
The village of Samahquam at southeast end of Little Lillooet Lake dates back centuries and perhaps even millennia. In historic times, the town of 29-Mile House was built beside the eastern arm of the village and it served as the end of the first portage along the Harrison-Lillooet route and a point of embarkment for steamships. In the 1950s, the Samahquam Nation dispersed to other reserves where better economic opportunities could be found. In recent times, new houses have been built at Samahquam and families have moved back to the village.
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