Ethnie: METHOW
Language: Columbia-Wenatchi
Family: Southern Interior Salish
Stock: Interior Salish
Phylum: Salishan
Macro-Culture: Northwest Plateau
Speakers 5 or fewer 1999 McDonald
     The Methow were a semi-sedentary hunter/gatherer tribe of the Northwestern Plateau.  They lived along the Methow River and ranged to the Okanagon  They traded with the first Whites to arrive, but ultimately had conflicts with and suffered from the later settlers.  They were finally settled on and confederated into the Colville Reservation.
Aboriginal Locations (Subdivisions)
WA (?)
Oregon Present Locations
WA  Colville Reservation, Nespelem
Year History
1781 Smallpox epidemic
1809 David Thompson established Kullyspell House trading post on Lake Pend d'Orielle
1810 David Thompson established Spokane House
1811 David Thompson explored the length of the Columbia River
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1853 Smallpox epidemic
1870 Located on the east side of the Columbia just below Grand Coulee
1872 Lake Chelan Earthquake, gases emitted, numerous deaths, no child under age 2 survived
1883 Treaty with Chief Moses
Year U.S. Population Source
1700 800 NAHDB calculation
1780 800 Mooney estimate
1800 800 NAHDB calculation
1872 316 US Grant Executive Order
1900 0 NAHDB calculation (Had confederated into Colville) 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Columbia, Wenatchee
Methow Sites:
Columbia-Wenatchi Language
Columbia-Wenatchi Linguistic Lineage
Cultures Clash:  The Land Grab
Ethnobotany of Middle Columbia Native Americans
Executive Order Establishing Columbia Reservation - 1872
Methow Valley Pow Wow ...
Northwest Plateau Culture and Ethnobotany

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