Chimariko Indians

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Originally considered a distinct stock, the Chimariko are now classed in the Hokan linguistic family.

Chimariko Indians. From the native word chimar, “person.” Also called: Kwoshonipu, name probably given them by the Shasta of Salmon River. Meyemma, given by Gibbs (1853).

Connections. Originally considered a distinct stock, the Chimariko are now classed in the Hokan linguistic family.

Location. On the canyon of Trinity River from about the mouth of New River to Canyon Creek.
Villages:

  • Chalitasum, at the junction of New and Trinity Rivers.
  • Chichanma, at Taylor Flat. Himeakudji, at Big Creek.
  • Hodinakchohoda, at Cedar Flat.
  • Maidjasore, at Thomas.
  • Paktunadji, at Patterson.
  • Tsudamdadji, at Burnt Ranch.

Population. The Chimariko were estimated by Kroeber (1925) at 250 in 1849; only a few mixed-bloods are now living.