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Molale (Molalla)

Molale is considered by many linguists to have been part of the Penutian family of languages, possibly related to Klamath. Though there are still some descendents of the Molale people at Grande Ronde, where they and many other Oregon tribes were forced to relocate in the 1800's, the last speaker of the Molale language died in the 1950's.

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Molale Language Resources

Molale Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Molala language, with comparison to words in other Penutian languages.
Molale Language
     Demographic information about Molale from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Molala Language Tree:
    Theories about Molalla's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Molala Language Structures:
    Molala linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
*Molala Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Molala and Nez Perce.

Molalla Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
     Official homepage of the intertribal reservation where the Molalla, along with other Oregon tribes, were relocated.
First People of Clackamas County: The Molallas
     History of the Molalla people written by a Grand Ronde tribal member.
Molalla Legends:
    Collection of Molale mythology and traditional stories.
Molala History
     Brief article on the Molalas from the University of Oregon.
Four Directions: Molala:
    Timeline and links about Molala history.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Molala.

Additional Resources, Links, and References

   Lengua Molala:
   Information about the Molalla language in Spanish.

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