Tutudin, Coquille, Lower Rogue River
Rogue River
Native toOregon
EthnicityCoquille tribe, Tututni tribe (including Euchre Creek band), Chasta Costa tribe
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
tuu – Tututni
coq – Coquille
Glottologtutu1242  Tututni
coqu1236  Coquille

Tututni (Dotodəni, alternatively "Tutudin"), also known as Upper Coquille, (Lower) Rogue River and Nuu-wee-ya,[2] is an Athabaskan language once spoken by three Tututni (Lower Rogue River Athabaskan) tribes: Tututni tribe (including Euchre Creek band), Coquille tribe, and Chasta Costa tribe who are part of the Rogue River Indian peoples of southwestern Oregon. In 2006 students at Linfield College participated in a project to "revitalize the language."[3] It is one of the four languages belonging to the Oregon Athabaskan cluster of the Pacific Coast Athabaskan languages.

Dialects were Coquille (Upper Coquille, Mishikhwutmetunee), spoken along the upper Coquille River;[1] Tututni (Tututunne, Naltunnetunne, Mikonotunne, Kwatami, Chemetunne, Chetleshin, Khwaishtunnetunnne); Euchre Creek, and Chasta Costa (Illinois River, Šista Qʼʷə́sta).


The following lists the consonant and vowel sounds in the Tututni language:[4]

Bilabial Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
plain lat. sib. plain lab.
plain p t k ʔ
aspirated tʃʰ
ejective tɬʼ tsʼ tʂʼ tʃʼ kʷʼ
Fricative ɬ s ʂ ʃ x h
Sonorant m n l j ɣ ɣʷ
Front Central Back
Close i
Mid e ə o
Open a


  1. ^ a b Tututni at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Coquille at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "National Breath of Life | Myaamia Center - Miami University".
  3. ^ http://digitalcommons.linfield.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1316&context=linfield_magazine[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ Golla, Victor (1976). Tututni (Oregon Athapaskan). pp. 217–227.

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