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Tribe Yakama medicine woman and warrior
Died 1865
Known for Fought at the Battle of Four Lakes
Spouse(s) One of the five wives of Chief Kamiakin

Colestah was one of the five wives of Chief Kamiakin (1800–1877) of the Yakama Native American tribe. She is described as being a medicine woman, a psychic, and a warrior. In 1858 she accompanied Kamiakin to the Battle of Four Lakes (or Battle of Spokane Plain), armed with a stone war club, vowing to fight by his side. When Kamiakin was wounded, Colestah carried him off and used her skills in traditional tribal medicine to nurse him back to health.[1]

Kamiakin moved to the Palouse River, between today's St. John and Endicott, in 1860, where his family followed its "seasonal rounds of root-digging, berry-gathering and salmon fishing." Colestah had a new son with Kamiakin in 1865, but "soon became ill and died."[2]


  1. ^ Salmonson, Jessica Amanda (1991). The Encyclopedia of Amazons. Paragon House. p. 63. ISBN 1-55778-420-5. 
  2. ^ Kershner, Jim (2012-04-19). "Chief Kamiakin (ca. 1800-1877)". the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Retrieved 2013-10-06.