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"Tchayaxoamin" is an alternate name for the Alsea tribe. This was their name in the language of the neighboring
Kalapuya tribe. It was also spelled "Tcha yaxo amin," "Tcha yaxo amim," "Tcha yakon amin," and other ways.
"Amin" means "land" in the Kalapuya language, and "yaxo" may have been a Kalapuya way of pronouncing the Alsea tribal
name Yakon. Sometimes the Kalapuyas also referred to the Alseas as "Paifan amim."
Here are links to our webpages about the Tchayaxoamin tribe and language:
Tribes of Oregon
Pacific Northwest Native American
Here are a few good books about the Tchayaxoamins:
Alsea Texts and Myths
The People Are Dancing Again
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country
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