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Atfalati Indian Language

The Atfalati Indians were a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the Kalapuya Indians and speakers of a northern Kalapuya dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Atfalati people were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation in Oregon during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. The Atfalati Kalapuya language is no longer spoken today, but some young people are working to learn their ancestral language again.


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Names: The name Atfalati is also spelled in many other ways, including Tualatin, Tualiti, Tualitin, Twalati, Tfalati, Fallatah, and Fwalitz. These names are all English corruptions of the tribal name Atfalati, whose "tf" sound is very difficult for English speakers to pronounce. The Atfalatis have also been known as the Wapato Lake Indians or Wappatoos, after the name of a lake in their traditional territory.

Atfalati Language Links

MultiTree: Tfalati Dialect:
    Theories about Atfalati language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Atfalati Culture and History Links

The Grand Ronde Confederation:
    Homepage of the reservation where most Atfalati people live today.
Atfalati Tribe History:
    Information about the Atfalati tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Wikipedia: Atfalati:
    Encyclopedia article on the Atfalati Indians.
Atfalati-Kalapuya: First People of Washington County:
    Atfalati museum exhibit.
Four Directions: Atfalati:
    Timeline and links about Atfalati history.

Books for sale on the Atfalati Indians

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Atfalati.
Living in the Great Circle: The Grand Ronde Indian Reservation 1855-1905:
    History of the Grand Ronde Confederation.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Atfalati:
Information about the Atfalatis and their language in Spanish.
Atfalati Tribe:
Atfalati links.



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