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Clowwewalla Indian Tribe

The Clowwewalla Indians were a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the Chinook Indians and speakers of Clackamas, an Upper Chinook (Wasco-Wishram) dialect. They were also known as the Tlawewala, Clow-we-wella, or Willamette Falls Indians. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Clowwewalla people were relocated to the Grande Ronde Reservation in Oregon during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. The Clowwewalla language is no longer spoken today, but today the Grand Ronde tribes are working to revive the old Chinook Jargon trade language, which played an important role in their shared history.

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Clowwewalla Language Links

Wasco-Wishram Language:
    Our resources about the Upper Chinook language (including Clowwewalla.)
Chinook Wawa:
    Our resources about the Chinook Jargon trade language.

Clowwewalla Culture and History Links

The Grand Ronde Confederation:
    Homepage of the reservation where most Clowwewalla descendants live today.
Clowwewalla Tribe History:
    Article on the Clowwewalla tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.

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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 Clowwewalla.



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