- Waiilatpu, Hale, in U.S. Expl. Exp., VI, 199, 214, 569, 1846
(includes Cailloux or Cayuse or Willetpoos, and Molele).
Gallatin, after Hale, in Trans. Am. Eth. Soc., II, pt. 1, c, 14,
56, 77, 1848 (after Hale). Berghaus (1851), Physik. Atlas, map
17, 1852. Buschmann, Spuren der aztek. Sprache, 628, 1859.
Bancroft, Nat. Races, III, 565, 1882 (Cayuse and Mollale).
- Wailatpu, Gallatin in Schoolcraft, Ind. Tribes, III, 402,
1853 (Cayuse and Molele).
- Sahaptin, Latham, Nat. Hist. Man, 323, 1850 (cited as
- Sahaptins, Keane, App. Stanford’s Comp. (Cent. and So. Am.),
474, 1878 (cited because it includes Cayuse and Mollale).
- Molele, Latham, Nat. Hist. Man, 324, 1850 (includes Molele,
- Cayús?, Latham, ibid.
- Cayuse, Gatschet in Mag. Am. Hist., 166, 1877 (Cayuse and
Moléle). Gatschet in Beach, Ind. Misc., 442, 1877.
Derivation: Wayíletpu, plural form of Wa-ílet, “one Cayuse man”
Hale established this family and placed under it the Cailloux or
Cayuse or Willetpoos, and the Molele. Their headquarters as
indicated by Hale are the upper part of the Walla Walla River and
the country about Mounts Hood and Vancouver.
The Cayuse lived chiefly near the mouth of the Walla Walla River,
extending a short distance above and below on the Columbia, between
the Umatilla and Snake Rivers. The Molále were a mountain tribe and
occupied a belt of mountain country south of the Columbia River,
chiefly about Mounts Hood and Jefferson.
Population.—There are 31 Molále now
on the Grande Ronde Reservation, Oregon,102
and a few others live in the mountains west of Klamath Lake. The
Indian Affairs Report for 1888 credits 401 and the United States
Census Bulletin for 1890, 415 Cayuse Indians to the Umatilla
Reservation, but Mr. Henshaw was able to find only six old men and
women upon the reservation in August, 1888, who spoke their own
language. The others, though presumably of Cayuse blood, speak the
Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico, 1891