Language: Quitleut
Family: Chimacuan
Stock: Chimacuan
Phylum: Chimakuan
Macro-Culture: Northwestern
Speakers 10   1977 SIL
     The Quileute were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer tribe which relied heavily on fishing.  They were located along the Quileute River and its neighboring coast.  They had early conflicts with Whites.
Aboriginal Locations (Villages)
WA (1)
Present Locations
WA  Makah Reservation, Neah Bay
         Quileute Reservation, La Push
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, Robert Gray began trading with tribe
1808 Russian Ship Svatoli Nikolai wrecked on tribal shore, survivors enslaved for some months until ransomed by American traders
1824 Visited by John Work via inland route
1830 Measles epidemic
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1855 Treaty of Neah Bay established Makah Reservation
1856 Quinault Treaty established Quileute Reservation
1889 One square mile reservation established by Executive Order, 26 houses soon burned by settlers
1934 Tribe adopted constitution
Year U.S. Population Source
1700 500 NAHDB calculation
1800 400 NAHDB calculation
1900 300 NAHDB calculation 
1910 303 Census
1937 284 US Indian Office
1973 260 BIA (Quileute Reservation only)
1981 327 BIA
1985 383 BIA
1989 597 BIA
2000 650 NAHDB calculation
2002 706 IHC
Other speakers of the same language:
Quileute Tribes Sites:
James Island
La Push Twilight  Video
Marco Black of Quileute Tribe
Quileute Basket Movie
Quileute Constitution and By-Laws
Quileute Indian Basket
Quileute Indian Reservation
Quileute Indian Reservation Topo Map
Quileute Language
Quileute Language
Quileute Linguistic Lineage
Quileute Nation
Quileute Reservation Photo
Quileute Reservation Photos
Quileute Reservation Tour  Video
Quileute Story
Quileute Tribal School
Quileute Tribe
Quileute Tribe
Quileute Tribe of Olympic National Park
Quinault Treaty of 1856

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