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Klallam

Klallam (klălˈəm) [key], Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Salishan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). They formerly occupied the southern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C., and the south shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Puget Sound. There are presently three bands of Klallam in the United States: the Jamestown, Lower Elwha, and Port Gamble, all in Washington state. They have a total population of about 1,500 and are engaged primarily in commercial fishing.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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