Siuslaw is a Yakonan language once spoken in southern Oregon. It was related to Alsea
and Coos, and some linguists consider all these languages part of a broader
Penutian language family.
Siuslaw is often referred to as "Lower Umpqua" by anthropologists, because the traditional homeland of the Siuslaw includes the lower part of the
Umpqua River. The term "lower" does not have anything to do with the language, which is completely unrelated to the
Athabascan language of the
Unfortunately the last fluent Siuslaw speakers died in
the 1970's and 80's, but the language has been recorded and some young people are working to revive their ancestral language.
Profile of the tribe with a map and language chart.
Demographic information about Siuslaw from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Pacific Northwest Language Domains:
Language map of Siuslaw and other Northwest Coast languages of Washington, Oregon and California.
Siuslaw Language Tree:
Theories about Siuslaw's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Siuslaw Language Structures:
Siuslaw linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Information about the Siuslaw language including a linguistic map of the Northwest Coast. Page in Spanish.