The name of the Coquille is derived from the French, literally translated as "shell". The name was attached to the Indian people by French Canadian voyageur trappers working for the North West Company, because the people's diet of shellfish and use of shells as personal ornament.
The Coquille groups included the Upper Coquille (Mishikwutinetunne), Kwatami, Shasta Costa, Dakubetede (Applegate), and Tututni. Tututni subtribes include the Yukichetunne, Tututni, Mikonotunne, Chemetunne, Chetleshin, Kwaishtunnetunne, and Taltushtuntede (Galice).
The lifestyle of the Coquille, like many Northwest Coast tribes, involved fishing and collecting of shellfish.
Mid-19th century to the present
After the treaty of 1855, the Coquille people were forced to move to the Coastal Indian Reservation (now the Siletz Reservation). Today Coquille people may be part of one of two tribal entities: the Coquille Indian Tribe or the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz.
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