Chehalis, Lower


A language of United States


No known L1 speakers. Last known speakers may have survived into the 1990s (1990 M. Kinkade).


Washington: southwest coast.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Quinault Indian Nation, Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Language Use

A few people may have passive knowledge of some words and phrases (Golla 2007).

Language Development

Lower Chehalis people are attempting to merge what remains of their language with Quinault [qun].

Other Comments

Not well documented but some sound recordings were made around 1940 (Golla 2007).

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