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Makah

(mäkô`), Native North Americans who in the early 19th cent. inhabited Cape Flattery, NW Wash. According to Lewis and Clark they then numbered some 2,000. The Makah are the southernmost of the Wakashan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock, being the only member of the Wakashan group within the United States (see Native American languagesNative American languages,
languages of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their descendants. A number of the Native American languages that were spoken at the time of the European arrival in the New World in the late 15th cent.
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). Makah culture was fundamentally that of the Pacific Northwest Coast area. In 1855 they ceded all their lands to the United States except a small area on Cape Flattery that was set aside as a reservation. Today most of the 1,600 Makah in the United States live on the Makah Reservation; their main tribal income is from forestry.
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Among the works of this prolific writer are two classic monographs on the Makah and Haidah Indians which were published by the Smithsonian Institution.
Small as this hunting party is, the Makahs have been given a green light on the whole whaling industry.
In an era when there is never a shortage of revolting events to report, the account of the Makah Indian's slaughter of a young gray whale is disgusting.
One tribal member is quoted as saying, ``This brings meaning and purpose back to the Makah men.