Expert: Sequim Doesn't Mean Quiet Waters For the past century, people in Sequim, Wash., have assumed the town's name translated to "quiet waters." But a tribal linguist says a more accurate translation is a "place for going to shoot." That's a reference to the area's once great hunting.
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Expert: Sequim Doesn't Mean Quiet Waters

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Expert: Sequim Doesn't Mean Quiet Waters

Expert: Sequim Doesn't Mean Quiet Waters

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For the past century, people in Sequim, Wash., have assumed the town's name translated to "quiet waters." But a tribal linguist says a more accurate translation is a "place for going to shoot." That's a reference to the area's once great hunting.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

For a century now, people in Sequim, Washington told a story about their town's name. They said it was an American Indian word meaning quiet waters. Finally, a tribal linguist has corrected them. He says Sequim means nothing like quiet waters, which somebody probably just made up. The expert on dying Indian languages says the area was once known for its great hunting, and Sequim translates more as place for going to shoot.

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