Language: Atakapa
Family Gulf Tunican
Stock: Tunican
Phylum: Tunican
Macro-Culture: Texas
Speakers Language extinct
      The Opelousa were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe first located in the area of present Opelousas, Louisiana.  They were closely related to the Atakapas or possibly even a sub-tribe and ultimately absorbed into the Atakapas.
Aboriginal Locations (Subdivisions, #of villages)
LA At present Opelousas
Present Locations
Extinct as a culture though some descendants in other cultures
Year History
1725 Earliest mention of tribes at the site of present Opelousas, Louisiana
1805 Village 15 mile to the west
1814 Population reduced to 20 warriors by smallpox and typhus, soon joined Atakapa
Year Total LA Population Source
1699 200 University of Louisiana
1700 200 NAHDB calculation
1800 200 NAHDB calculation
1805 150 Sibley (population reduced to 40 warriors)
1814 20 Swanton
1900 - NAHDB calculation 
2000 - NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Opelusa Sites:
Atakapa Langauge
Atakapa Language
Atakapa Linguistic Lineage
Atakapan Indian Groups
Opelusas Indian Tribe History
Opelusas Museum and Interpretive Center
Opelusas Tribe

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