Language: Quinault
Family: Maritime Tsamosan
Stock: Tsamosan
Phylum: Salishan
Macro-Culture: Northwest
Speakers 6 or fewer    1990
   The Quinault were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherers and relied heavily on fishing.  The tribe that lived along the Quinault and Queets River and the Washington coast from Raft River to Joe Creek.  They suffered from the White influx.
Aboriginal Locations (Villages)
WA  Calashocle (1), Queets (1), Quinault (38)
Present Locations
WA  Queets Band of Quinault Indians, Queets
         Quinault Reservation, Taholah
         Shoalwater Reservation, Tokeland
Year History
1775 Bruno de Hezeta and Juan Francisco Bodega y Quadra killed by trieb while trying to retrieve firewood and water, longboat torn apart for steel fittings
1787 Strait of Juan de Fuca discovered by Charles Barkley
1788 Visited by Mears
1790 Manual Quimper explored both shores of strait
1792 Area charted by Capt. George Vancouver
1805 Visited by Lewis and Clark
1811 Astoria founded
1824 Visited by John Worth from an inland route, smallpox epidemic
1829 Smallpox epidemic
1830 Malaria and flu epidemic
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1856 Quinault Treaty
1873 Reservation expanded to 200,000 acres
Year  Population Source
1700 1,200 NAHDB calculation 
1800 1,000 NAHDB calculation
1805 1,000 Lewis and Clark
1900 1,220 NAHDB calculation
1937 1,228 US Indian Office
1981 2,013 BIA
1989 2,394 BIA
2000 2,400 NAHDB calculation
2002 2,453 IHC
Other speakers of the same language:
Quinault Sites:
Indian Country
Northwest Coast Culture and Ethnobotany
Paddle to Quinault ...
Quinault Indian Nation
Quinault Indian Nation
Quinault Indian Nation
Quinault Indian Nation
Quinault Indian Nation
Quinault Indian Nation Canoe Club
Quinault Langauge
Quinault Linguistic Lineage
Quinault Nation
Quinault Quest
Quinault Reservation History
Quinault Tribal Profile
Quinault Treaty
Spanish Exploration:  Hezeta and Bodega ...
Warrior at Heart

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