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Wapato Lake Indians

"Wapato Lake Indians" is an alternate name for the Tualatin people, a Native American tribe of Oregon who spoke the Kalapuya language. The name comes from the Chinook Jargon word wapato, meaning "wild potato." Chinook Jargon was a trade language used by many tribes of the Pacific Northwest to communicate with each other.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Wapato Lake tribe and language:

 Tualatin tribe
 Chinook Jargon
 Northwest Indian tribes
 Northwest arts
 Penutian language
 Oregon languages

Here are a few good books about the Wapato Lakes:
 A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
 The First Oregonians
 Living in the Great Circle: The Grand Ronde Indian Reservation

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