Ethnie: Chimacum
Language: Chimacuan
Family: Quileute
Stock: Quileute
Phylum: Quileute
Macro-Culture: Northwestern
Speakers 0
     The Chimacum were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer tribe located on the peninsula between Hood's Canal and Port Townsend.  They had severe conflicts with their neighbors and were nearly destroyed, especially in a battle with tribes under Chief Seattle.  The survivors confederated into the Skoskomish.
Aboriginal Locations (Villages)
WA (?)
Present Locations
Skoskomish Reservation, Shelton
Year History
1787 Strait of Juan de Fuca discovered by Charles Barkley
1790 Manual Quimper explored both shores of strait
1792 Area charted by Capt. George Vancouver
1840 Devastating raid by Suquamish on stockaded village
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers, conflicts began
1847 Nearly destroyed in attack by Snoqualmie
1854 Clallum took much of vacated territory
1860 Tribe essentially wiped out by Duwamish and Suquamish under Chief Seattle
Year U.S. Population Source
1700 400 NAHDB calculation
1780 400 Mooney estimate
1800 400 NAHDB calculation
1855 90 Gibbs
1900 0 NAHDB calculation (Had confederated into other tribes)
2000 0 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Chimacum Tribes Sites:
Chimakuan Language Family
Kul Kah Han
Quileute Language
Quileute Language
Quileute Language
Quileute Linguistic Lineage
Treaty of Point No Point

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