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Impearls: HIC 7.2.3: Limits and numbers

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Limits and numbers   by A. L. Kroeber

On the coast to the north, the Tolowa boundary must have been close to the Oregon line.  On the south it is not exactly known.  The Yurok had settlements at the mouth of Wilson Creek, 6 miles north of the mouth of the Klamath, and claimed whales that stranded on the shore as much as 3 miles beyond.  It is likely that this is where Yurok and Tolowa territorial rights met; but it seems to have been 6 or 8 miles more to the first village of the latter.  Inland, Tolowa suzerainty was probably coextensive with the drainage of their principal stream, a high range of the Siskiyous shutting them off from the Karok of the middle Klamath.  Most of this interior tract was, however, little used except for hunting, it appears, and the habits of the group were essentially those of a coastal people.

The census of 1910 gave the Tolowa 120 souls, one-third of whom were reckoned as part white.  The number at the time of settlement may be guessed as well under 1,000.



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