Skin Indians

Skin Indians. Taken from a town name.

Skin Connections. The Skin belonged to the Shahaptian division of the Shapwailutan linguistic stock.

Skin Location. On Columbia River from The Dalles to a point about 75 miles above.

Skin Villages

  • Ka’sawi, on the Columbia opposite the mouth of Umatilla River.
  • Skin, opposite the mouth of Deschutes River.
  • Uchi’chol, on the north bank of the Columbia in Klickitat County.
  • Waiya’mpam, about Celilo.
  • Eneeshur is used by Lewis and Clark for part of the above people, perhaps all of them.

Skin Population. Mooney (1928) includes the Skin in a group under the general name Tapanash, which he estimates to have numbered 2,200 in 1780.


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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