August 14, 2017

Chilula Indians

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With the Hupa and Whilkut, the Chilula formed one group of the Athapascan linguistic stock.

Chilula Indians. An American rendering of Yurok Tsulu-la, “people of Tsulu,” the Bald Hills.

Connections. With the Hupa and Whilkut, the Chilula formed one group of the Athapascan linguistic stock.

Location. On or near lower Redwood Creek from near the inland edge of the heavy redwood belt to a few miles above Minor Creek.

Villages. The following are known and are given in order beginning with the one farthest down Redwood Creek: Howunakut, Noleding, Tlochime, Kingkyolai, Kingyukyomunga, Yisining’aikut, Tsinsilading, Tondinunding, Yinukanomitseding, Hontetlme, Tlocheke, Hlichuhwinauhwding, Kailuhwtanding, Kailuhwchengetlding, Sikingchwungmitanding, Kinahontanding, Misme, Kahustanding.

Population. Kroeber (1925) estimates 500 to 600 Chilula before White contact. Now reduced to two or three families and a few persons incorporated with the Hupa. (See Bear River Indians.)

Athabaskan (Dene') Language
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