Yuki Indians

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The Coast Yuki Indians believe themselves to be an offshoot from the Huchnom but linguistic examination seems to place them near the Yuki.

Yuki, Coast; or Ukhotno’m. (See Yuki.) The second name is applied to them by the interior Yuki, signifying “ocean people.”

Coast Yuki Location

The Pacific coast from Cleone to a point halfway between Rockport and Usal and inland to the divide between the coast streams and Eel River.

Coast Yuki Villages

These have not been recorded but the following places were probably inhabited: On the coast from north to south:

  • On-chil-ka or On-chil-em, beyond Rockport.
  • Es’im, at Rockport or Hardy Creek.
  • Melhom-i’iken (Warren Creek).
  • Hisimel-auhkem (the next creek).
  • Lil-p’in-kem (De Haven).
  • Shipep or Shipoi (Westport).
  • K’etim, Chetman Gulch.
  • Lilim, Mussel Rock.
  • Ok’omet or Shipoi; Kabesilah.
  • Methuyak-olselem (the creek north of Ten Mile River)
  • Metkuyaki or Metkuyakem (the mouth of Ten Mile River and also the river).
  • Mil-hot-em (Cleone).
  • Sus-mel-im, at the mouth of Pudding Creek.
  • Ol-hepech-kem (Novo River).
  • Nehkinmelem (Casper).
  • Onp’otilkei (in Sherwood Valley).
  • Ukemim (near Willits).

Coast Yuki Population

Kroeber (1932) estimates that in 1770 and 1850 there were 500 Coast Yuki; the census of 1910 reported 15. (See Yuki.)