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Opelousa

 

 

Ethnie: OPELOUSA
Language: Atakapa
Family Gulf Tunican
Stock: Tunican
Phylum: Tunican
Macro-Culture: Texas
Speakers Language extinct
      The Opelousa were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe first located in the area of present Opelousas, Louisiana.  They were closely related to the Atakapas or possibly even a sub-tribe and ultimately absorbed into the Atakapas.
Aboriginal Locations (Subdivisions, #of villages)
LA At present Opelousas
Present Locations
Extinct as a culture though some descendants in other cultures
Year History
1725 Earliest mention of tribes at the site of present Opelousas, Louisiana
1805 Village 15 mile to the west
1814 Population reduced to 20 warriors by smallpox and typhus, soon joined Atakapa
Year Total LA Population Source
1699 200 University of Louisiana
1700 200 NAHDB calculation
1800 200 NAHDB calculation
1805 150 Sibley (population reduced to 40 warriors)
1814 20 Swanton
1900 - NAHDB calculation 
2000 - NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Atakapa
Opelusa Sites:
Atakapa Langauge  http://www.native-languages.org/atakapa.htm
Atakapa Language  http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ALE
Atakapa Linguistic Lineage  http://www.ethnologue.com/show_lang_family.asp?code=ALE
Atakapan Indian Groups  http://www.texasindians.com/atakap.htm
Opelusas  http://www.google.com/search?q=opelousa+indian+OR+tribe&hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&start=20&sa=N
Opelusas Indian Tribe History  http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/opelousa/opelousaindianhist.htm
Opelusas Museum and Interpretive Center  http://www.cityofopelousas.com/tourism_interpretive_ctr.htm
Opelusas Tribe  http://ccet.louisiana.edu/03a_Cultural_Tourism_Files/01.02_The_People/Native%20American%20Tribes/Opelousas.html

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