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Washa Indian Tribe

The Washa Indians were a small tribe of southeastern Louisiana. Their language is poorly attested, and may have been a dialect of Chitimacha. The Washa were the victims of a French massacre in the 1700's, and the survivors merged into neighboring communities. The Washa tribe does not exist as a distinct tribal or cultural entity today. Most Washa descendants live among the Choctaws.

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Washa Language Links

Washa Language Tree:
    Theories about Washa language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Washa Culture and History Links

Washa Tribe History:
    Article on the Washa tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Louisiana Indians: Washa and Chawasha:
    Information on the Washa and Chawasha tribes of Louisiana.
    Wikipedia article on the Washa Indians.
Four Directions: Washa:
    Timeline and links about Washa history.

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Indian Tribes of the Lower Mississippi Valley:
    Book on the history of the Gulf and Mississippian tribes, including a chapter on the Washa.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los tribus de Luisiana:
Information about the Washas and other Louisiana tribes in Spanish.

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