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Chehalis Indian Language

There are actually two distinct Chehalis languages, Upper Chehalis and Lower Chehalis. These two Salishan languages of Washington State are about as different from each other as English and German. Today only a few semi-fluent speakers of either language remain. Since the Lower Chehalis people are working to merge their language with the neighboring Quinault language, it is usually Upper Chehalis that is referred to by the name Chehalis today.

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Chehalis Language
Chehalis language samples and resources.

Chehalis Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Chehalis Indians past and present.

Chehalis Indian Legends
Introduction to Chehalis mythology.

Chehalis Language Resources

Our Online Chehalis Materials

Lower Chehalis Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in Lower Chehalis, with comparison to words in other Salishan languages.

Chehalis Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Upper Chehalis * Lower Chehalis:
    Demographic information about the Chehalis languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Pacific Northwest Language Domains:
    Language map of Chehalis and other Northwest Coast languages of Washington, Oregon and California.
Upper Chehalis Language Tree * Lower Chehalis Language Tree:
    Theories about Chehalis' language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chehalis Language Structures:
    Upper Chehalis linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Upper Chehalis Dictionary:
    Dictionary of the Upper Chehalis language for sale online (out of print)

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Coast Salish languages:
Encyclopedia article on the Coast Salish language family, including Chehalis.
La Lengua Chehalis: * Le Chehalis Supérieur :
Information about the Upper Chehalis language and culture in Spanish and French.
Chehalis * Chehalis Resources:
Chehalis link pages.

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