Chasta Costa



Language: Tolowa-Galice
Family: Pacific Coast Athapaskan
Stock: Athapaskan
Phylum: Na-Dene
Macro-Culture: Northwestern
Speakers 0
     The Chasta Costa were a sedentary hunter/gatherer tribe of Oregon's Rogue and Illinois Rivers.  The Pacific Coast Athapaskans arrived in the area late in the first millennium from Canada.  The tribe was placed, with others, on the Coast Reservation as a result of the Rogue River Wars, and later all were removed to the Siletz Reservation where they confederated with other tribes.
Aboriginal Locations
OR Estimates of number of villages vary, but 3 is a likely number 
Oregon Present Locations
Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Siletz
Year History
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1847 Measles epidemic
1853 Rogue River gold discovery
1855 Rogue River War began with Lupton Massacre followed by Capt. John Rampage killing up to 40 Whites ... the Galice attack, and battles at Hungry Hill and Black Bar
1856 Gold Beach Uprising, 12 Indians killed at Massacre Rock, up to 30 killed at Meadows Battle, Indians surrendered after Battle of Big Bend, 1,200 moved to the Coast Reservation
1875 Removed to Siletz Reservation
1956 Siletz Reservation terminated
1977 Confederated Tribes of Siletz founded
Year U.S. Population Source
1700 300 NAHDB calculation
1800 200 NAHDB calculation
1856 153 Official roll
1900 50 NAHDB calculation
30 30 US Indian Office
2000 0 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Chetco, Galice Creek, Talushtuntude, Tututni, Umpqua
Chasta Costa Sites:
Chasta Costa
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians ...
Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Index to Siletz Reservation Documents
Indians of the Coast
Northwest: Oregon Culture and Ethnobotany
Oregon Indian Tribes
Siletz Burials
Tolowa-Galice Language
Tolowa-Galice Linquistic Lineage

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