Dakubetede Indians

The Dakubetede Indians were an Athapascan tribe located in Oregon, with their territory extending slightly into northern California. They were known by several names, including the Applegate River Indians due to their habitat, Ni’ckitc hitclûm by the Alsea, meaning “people far up the stream,” and Ts’û-qûs-li’-gwûût-me’ tunne by the Naltûnnetûnne. They spoke a dialect identical to that of the Taltushtuntude. The Dakubetede lived along the Applegate River, and in 1780, Mooney estimated that they, along with related groups, numbered around 3,200, though the Dakubetede themselves were not separately enumerated.

Dakubetede Indians. An Athapascan tribe of Oregon which extended slightly beyond the northern border of California. Own name, significance unknown. Also called:

  • Applegate River Indians, from their habitat.
  • Nǐ’ckitc hītclûm, Alsea name, meaning “people far up the stream.”
  • Ts’û-qûs-li’-gwûût-me’ tunne, Naltûnnetûnne name.

Dakubetede Indian Connections.

The Dakubetede belonged to the Athapascan linguistic stock, using a dialect identical with that of the Taltushtuntude.

Dakubetede Indian Location

On Applegate River.

Dakubetede Population. Mooney (1928) estimates the Dakubetede, the Nahankhotane (part of the Umpqua), the Taltushtuntude, and the Umpqua to have numbered 3,200 in 1780. They are nowhere separately enumerated. (See Chastacosta Indians)

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953.

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