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Curtis, 1913.
Quinault are a group of Native American peoples from western Washingtonmarker in the United Statesmarker.

The Quinaults and their lands at La Push have been made famous by there role as a principal backdrop for the Twilight books and films.


The Quinault Indian Reservation is located on the Pacificmarker coast of Washington, primarily in northwestern Grays Harbor Countymarker, with small parts extending north into southwestern Jefferson Countymarker. It has a land area of 819.294 km² (316.331 sq mi) and reported a resident population of 1,370 persons as of the 2000 census. The Quinault people settled onto reservation lands after signing the Quinault Treaty with the former Washington Territory in 1856. About 60% of the reservation's population lives in the community of Taholahmarker, on the Pacific coast at the mouth of the Quinault River.

Motorists are cautioned that it is not possible to traverse the entire reservation on Highway 109, in spite of what some online mapping services indicate. Construction of the highway north from Taholah to U.S. Highway 101 was halted in the late 1960s. There is only limited access (for private property owners and tribe members) along the northern coast of the reservation.


There is an original Quinault language, which is a part of the Salishan family of languages. In modern times, the Quinault is a mixture of separate indigenous peoples. The mixture of members with ethnic ties to the modern Quinault tribe is made up of the Quinault, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook, Cowlitz, Queetsmarker, and Quileute peoples. Linguistically, these groups belong to three language families: Chimakuan (Quileute, Hoh), Chinookan (Chinook groups), and Salishan (Chehalis, Cowlitz, Queets, and Quinault).Per capita is issued for enrolled tribal members through Quinault Nation economic development projects and the financial profits of these projects.




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