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French Prairie Tribe

"French Prairie Tribe" was an English name given to the Ahantchuyuk tribe, which was one of the original Kalapuya bands of Oregon. French Prairie was an Oregon placename, named after early French Canadian settlers of the region, and the name became used to refer to the original Native American inhabitants as well-- even though the Ahantchuyuk people had little to do with the French Canadians. Although many of the Canadian settlers in the French Prairie area were mixed-race (Metis) people, their Native American heritage did not come from any of the Kalapuya tribes but from northern Canadian tribes, particularly the Cree.

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French Prairie Resources

Here are links to our webpages about the French Prairie tribe and language:
 Ahantchuyuk
 Kalapuyan languages
 Oregon Native people
 Plateau tribes
 North American Indians

Here are some other Internet resources about the French Prairie Indians:
 French Prairie History
 Wikipedia: French Prairie

Here are a few good books about the French Prairie Indians:
 A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
 The First Oregonians



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