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Clowwewalla Indian Tribe
The Clowwewalla Indians were a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the
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.
Our resources about the Upper Chinook language (including Clowwewalla.)
Our resources about the Chinook Jargon trade language.
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.
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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