The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is a regional district in the province of British Columbia, Canada. On March 4th, 1966 the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen was incorporated. The RDOS area consists roughly of the surrounding S end Okanagan Lake and W to Princeton.
"Origin Notes and History: [Similkameen name]
The original native name was Similkameugh, meaning unknown, but said to be descriptive either of the people or their territory. No connection with Tulameen, despite the common ending, the original name having been forced by the whites into the same phonetic groove as Tulameen, in much the same way as Kitsilano has been made to rhyme with Capilano. (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing BCHQ, 2:67). Source: included with note Origin Notes and History: [Okanagan name]
At least forty-seven different spellings of this name have been found, beginning with Lewis and Clark's "Otchenaukane" in 1805 and David Thompson's "Ookanawgan" in 1811. Sometimes there seem to be just about as many theories as to the derivation of the name. One of the more likely explanations is that the name comes from "kana" meaning "the place of," and "gan" meaning "water" or "lake". Another is that Okanagan comes from "au-wuk-ane" meaning "men with short hair." The former theory is supported by Professor Boas, the latter by Chief Pierre Louis. Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973."[Cited: BC Government 2013]All photographic content on this website is copyright and owned by ©Microcosm Photography - Lorraine Susak [Weitzel]. If you would like to utilize any of my photographs and/or images for personal or commercial purposes, please contact me for further details and written permission. All Rights Reserved.
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