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Takelma Indian Language

Takelma is considered by most linguists to have been part of the Penutian family of languages, possibly related most closely to Kalapuya. Though there are still descendents of the Takelma Indians at the Siletz and Grande Ronde reservations, where they and many other Oregon tribes were forced to relocate in the 1800's, the the last speakers of the Takelma language died in the early 20th century.

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Takelma Language Resources

     Demographic information about Takelma from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Takelma Language Tree:
    Theories about Takelma's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Takelma Language Structures:
    Takelma linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Lengua Takelma
     Information about the Takelma language in Spanish, including a linguistic map of the Northwest Coast.
Takelma Texts and Grammar
     Massive work detailing the Takelma language (this is a 600-page book.)

Takelma Culture and History Links

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde * Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
     Official homepages of the intertribal reservations where the Takelma, along with other Oregon tribes, were resettled.
Takelma Indian Tribe History
     Cultural and historical overview of the Takelma people.
     Brief history of the Takelma tribes from the University of Oregon.
Takelma Indian Legends:
    Collection of Takelma myths and legends.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Takelma.

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