Copalis Indians

Copalis Indians. Significance unknown.

Copalis Connections. The Copalis belonged to the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic family.

Copalis Location. Copalis River and the Pacific Coast between the mouth of Joe Creek and Grays Harbor.

Copalis Population. Lewis and Clark in 1805 estimated a population of 200 Copalis in 10 houses. The 5 individuals assigned to a “Chepalis” tribe in an enumeration given by Olson of the year 1888 probably refers to them.

Connections in which the Copalis Indians have become noted. The name Copalis is perpetuated in that of Copalis River, and in the post villages of Copalis Beach and Copalis Crossing, Grays Harbor County, Wash.

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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