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Siletz Indian Language

The Siletz Indians are a confederation of tribes of western Oregon. Tribes represented on the Siletz reservation include the Chinook, Tututni, Tolowa, Klickitat, Kalapuya, Chetco, Takelma, Shasta, Coquille, Umpqua, Coos, Alsea, Tillamook, Molala, and others. Most of these bands were compelled to move onto Siletz from other locations in Oregon, Washington State, and northern California, and they all spoke different languages, so they mostly had to give up their disparate languages in order to survive together. Today, the tribe has been working to revive a composite language known as Siletz Athabaskan, containing elements from the related Tolowa and Tututni languages. Siletz has also been used to refer to a particular dialect of Tillamook spoken by the Salishan band originally living on the Siletz River, one of the first groups to be moved to the reservation, which was consequently named after their band.

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Siletz Language Links

The Siletz Athabaskan Language:
    Homepage of the tribal language revival program of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
The Siletz Dialect of Tillamook:
    Theories about Siletz's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Tolowa Language:
    Our resources about the Tolowa language.
Tututni Language:
    Our resources about the Tututni language (spoken by the Coquille, Chastacosta, Rogue River, and
other Athabaskan tribes of Siletz)
Kalapuya Language:
    Our resources about the Kalapuya language (spoken by the Kalapuya, Yoncalla, Yamhill, and
other tribes of Siletz.)
Chinook Language:
    Our resources about the Chinook language.
Takelma Language:
    Our resources about the Takelma language.
Shasta Language:
    Our resources about the Shasta language.

Siletz Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon:
    Homepage of the Siletz Tribes today.
Siletz Reservation:
    Article on the history of the Siletz tribe from Access Genealogy.
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians:
    Wikipedia article on the Siletz Indians.
The Siletz Indian Tribe:
    Article on the history of the Siletz tribes.
Four Directions: Siletz Confederacy: * Four Directions: Siletz Tribe:
    Timelines and links about Siletz history.

Books for sale on the Siletz Indians

The People Are Dancing Again:
    Interesting book on cultural revival among the Siletz tribes of Oregon.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Siletz.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Tribus Confederadas de Siletz:
Information about the Siletzs and their language in Spanish.
Siletz Tribe:
Siletz links pages.



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