Makah of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,220

ROP3 Code: 106082
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Neah Bay, WA - 1,220

The Makah Indian Tribe own the Makah Indian Reservation on the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula and includes Tatoosh Island. They live in and around the town of Neah Bay, Washington, a small fishing village along the Strait of Juan de Fuca where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

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Brief Profile

The Makah people reside in the northwestern corner of the continental United States in Washington in the vicinity of Neah Bay. The tribe is believed to have continuously inhabited this region of Washington for more than three millennia subsisting on fishing and whaling in the Pacific Ocean.

They prefer to refer to themselves as the “people who live by the rocks and the seagulls” since the name Makah is a corruption of a Salish word that means “generous with food.”

The Makah tribal reservation on the Olympic Peninsula is approximately 46 square miles (121 square kilometers) and was created in 1855 when the tribe agreed to cede the majority of its territory to the U.S. government in exchange for the right to fish, seal and whale in their waters. Many Makah derive most of their income from fishing. Makah fish for salmon, halibut, Pacific whiting, and other marine fish.

Although the language became extinct over one hundred years ago, they seek to maintain their rich cultural heritage. The Makah tribe hosts its annual major public gathering, Makah Days, in late August. It features a grand parade and street fair as well as canoe races, traditional games, singing, dancing, feasting, and fireworks.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Makah as they seek to maintain and pass on their rich indigenous heritage to younger generations.
  • Ask God to work in the lives and hearts of the Makah people to have a personal living relationship with Jesus Christ.


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