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Chimakum Indians. A Chimakuan tribe, now probably extinct, formerly occupying the peninsula between Hood’s canal and Port Townsend, Washington. Little is known of their history except that they were at constant war with the Clallam and other Salish neighbors, and by reason of their inferiority in numbers suffered extremely at their hands. In 1855, according to Gibbs, they were reduced to 90 individuals. The Chimakum were included in the Point no Point treaty of 1855 and placed upon the Skokomish Reservation, since which time they have gradually diminished in numbers. In 1890 Boas was able to learn of only three individuals who spoke the language, and even those but imperfectly. He obtained a small vocabulary and a few grammatical notes, published in part in Am. Anthrop., V, 37-44, 1892.

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