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Chastacosta Indian Tribe
The Chastacosta Indians were a small Athabaskan tribe of
Oregon, relatives of the Tututni
and Coquille. The Chastacosta language was poorly
attested but seems to have been so close to Tututni and Coquille that many linguists consider them to have been
three dialects of a single language.
Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Chastacosta Indians were relocated to the Siletz Reservation in
Oregon during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished.
Today the Tututni language is only spoken by a few elders, but some young Siletz people are working to learn their ancestral
Chasta Costa (Cistakawusta) vocabulary from the Athapascans formerly living on Rogue River:
19th-century recordings of Chasta Costa words.
World Atlas of Language Structures: Chasta Costa:
Information on language features of Chasta Costa.
Ethnologue: Tututni-Chasta Costa-Coquille:
Information on Chasta Costa language relationships.
Chastacosta Tribe History:
Article on the Chastacosta tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Wikipedia article on the Chastacosta Indians.
Brief profile and bibliography of the Chastacosta tribe.
Four Directions: Chastacosta:
Timeline and links about Chastacosta history.
Notes on Chasta Costa phonology and morphology:
Book on the Chasta Costa language.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Chastacosta.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Indios de Rio Rogue:
Information about the Chastacostas and their language in Spanish.
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