Umpqua Indians. An Athapascan tribe formerly settled on upper Umpqua river, Oregon, east of the Katish. Hale 1 said they were supposed to number not more than 400, having been greatly reduced by disease. They lived in houses of boards and mats and derived their sustenance mainly form the river. In 1902 there were 84 on Grande Ronde Reservation, Oregon. Their chief village was Hewut. A part of them, the Nahankhuotana, lived along Cow Creek. All the Athapascan tribes of south Oregon were once considered divisions of the Umpqua. Parker 2 named as divisions the unidentified Palakahy, the uncertain Skoton and Chasta, and the Chilula and Kwatami.
- Hale, Ethnology and Philology, 204, 1846
- Parker, Jour., 262, 1842