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Clallam Indians

Meaning “strong people.” Also spelled Nu-sklaim, S’Klallam, Tla’lem.

Clallam Connections. The Clallam were a tribe of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic stock most closely connected with the Songish.

Clallam Location. On the south side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, between Port Discovery and Hoko River. Later the Clallam occupied the Chimakum territory also and a small number lived on the lower end of Vancouver Island.

Clallam Villages.

Clallam Population. Mooney (1928) estimated 2,000 Clallam in 1780. In 1854 Gibbs estimated 800. In 1855, 926 were reported. In 1862 Eells estimated 1,300 but gave 597 in 1878. In 1881 he reduced this to 485. In 1904, 336 were returned. By the census of 1910, 398 were reported; by the United States Indian Office in 1923, 535, and in 1937, 764.

Connections in which the Clallam have become noted. The name Clallam is perpetuated by its application to a bay, a county, a river, and a precinct in the State of Washington.