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Kuitsh Indian Tribe

The Kuitsh Indians are a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the Siuslaw and Alsea. The Kuitsh language is no longer spoken but seems to have been so close to Siuslaw that many linguists consider them to have been dialects of a single language, often referred to as Lower Umpqua. The name Kuitsh means "southern" in Lower Umpqua. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Kuitsh Indians were relocated to the Siletz Reservation in Oregon during the 1800's, where they merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. Most Kuitsh descendants live at Siletz today, although there are probably others among the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

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Confederated Tribes of Siletz * Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Confederation:
    Homepages of the two reservations where most Kuitsh people live today.
Kuitsh Tribe History:
    Article on the Kuitsh 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 Kuitsh.

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