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Chelan Indian Language
The Chelan Indians are a small Salishan tribe of Washington State, relatives of the
and speakers of a Wenatchee dialect. They are also known as the Tsi-Laan or Chelanic.
Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Chelan people were relocated to the
Colville Reservation in
Washington during the 1800's, where they merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished.
Most Chelan descendants still live on the Colville reservation today.
MultiTree: Chelan Dialect:
Theories about Chelan's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Our resources about the Wenatchee language, including Entiat.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation:
Homepage of the Colville Tribes, where most Chelan people live today.
Chelan Tribe History:
Article on the Chelan tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Wikipedia: Chelan People:
Encyclopedia article on the Chelan Indians.
Creation of the First Indians:
A Chelan Indian creation myth.
Books for sale on the Chelan Indians
Wapato Heritage: The History of the Chelan and Entiat Indians:
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Good book about Entiat and Chelan history.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Chelan.
A collection of articles about the culture and history of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Information about the Chelans and their language in German.
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