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Chelamela Indian Tribe

The Chelamela Indians were a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the Kalapuya. They were also known as the Lamalli, Lamalle, or La-malle. The Chelamela language is no longer spoken, but is believed to have been a Central Kalapuyan dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Chelamela Indians were relocated to the Siletz and Grand Ronde Reservations during the 1800's, where they merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. Most Chelamela descendants live with other Kalapuya people at Siletz and Grand Ronde today.

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Chelamela Language Links

Chelamela Language Tree:
    Theories about Chelamela language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Chelamela Culture and History Links

Confederated Tribes of Siletz * The Grand Ronde Confederation:
    Homepages of the two reservations where most Chelamela people live today.
Chelamela Tribe History:
    Article on the Chelamelas from the Handbook of American Indians.
Tribes and Bands of Traditional Oregon:
    Map showing old Kalapuyan territories in Oregon, including the Chelamela tribe.

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A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Chelamela.

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