Ethnie: WASHA
Language: Chitimacha
Family: Chitimacha
Stock: Tunica
Phylum: Tunica
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
Speakers Extinct
      The Washa were a small sedentary hunter/farmer tribe closely related to the Chitimacha.  They were first located at Bayou Lafourche around present Ladieville.  They merged with the Chaasha but conflicts dealt them both an early extinction.
Aboriginal Locations (# of Villages)
LA   (1)
Present Locations
Year History
1543 May have attacked De Leon along with Chawasha using atlatls
1718 Settled on Mississippi 11 leagues above New Orleans
1739 Chawasa comprised one village of the Washa
1758 Chawasha living among Washa, only 10 to 12 warriors
1805 Remaining Washa/Chawasha population only five
Year Total LA Population Source
11699 1,000 Varying estimates
1700 1,000 NAHDB calculation
1715 300 Bienville estimated 50 warriors
1739 200 30 warriors per Swanton
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation 
Other speakers of the same language:
Chawasha, Chitimacha
Chawasha Sites:
Chitimacha Language
Chitimacha Linguistic Lineage
Chitamacha, Washa, Chawasha & Yagenechito
Remnants of an Old Indian Tribe Documented
Washa Indian Tribe

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