The Klamath tribe lived along the shores of the Klamath river and lakes, and are now on the Klamath reservation, southern Oregon.
Facts about the Klamath Native Indian Tribe
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What language did the Klamath tribe speak?
The Klamath tribe spoke in the Plateau Penutian language and shared many cultural traits with their neighbors the Klamath tribe and also the California Native American Indians. Although they spoke virtually the same language as the Modoc tribe, and often intermarried with them, they also had a number of conflicts with them. The Klamath called themselves "Maklaks," meaning "people" or "community." The name Klamath meant 'swiftness'. Both the Klamath and the Modoc tribes were important in the trade networks linking California to the Pacific Northwest.
What was the lifestyle and culture of the Klamath tribe?
The Klamath tribe lived lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle and spent the cold, snowy winters in semi-subterranean pit houses and in the summer used temporary tule-mat shelters made from the reeds and bulrushes found along the rivers of their tribal lands. The Klamath lifestyle was based on the seasons. In the summer the Klamath fished around Klamath, Williamson, and Sprague rivers and collected seeds, berries and roots from these areas. The Klamath used tule reeds (bulrushes) to make a vast range of objects including their shelters, sleeping mats and some of their clothes. Sagebrush bark was used to make clothes and footwear and to make baskets.
Where did the Klamath tribe live?
The Klamath are people of the Plateau Native American cultural group. The geography of the region in which they lived dictated the lifestyle and culture of the Klamath tribe.
- The tribe lived in lived in the area around the Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath, Williamson, and Sprague rivers
- Land: Marshes, lakes, rivers and streams
- Climate: Warm summers and cold, snowy winters
- Animals: The animals included pronghorn antelope, deer, groundhog, coyote, raccoon, fox, bobcat, porcupine, weasel, hare and water fowl
- Fish: Salmon, trout
- Natural Resources: Berries, bulbs, roots, seeds, acorn nuts, water lily 'wocas' and bird eggs. Sagebrush bark