Neah Bay: Eldest Makah dies at 100

NEAH BAY — Friends and family of Makah tribal elder Ruth E. Claplanhoo say a piece of Makah history has been lost with her death — and can never be replaced.

Mrs. Claplanhoo, the oldest Makah tribal member and a lifelong resident of Neah Bay, died at her home Monday at age 100.

Mrs. Claplanhoo suffered a heart attack in June which family members said weakened her physically, but not mentally.

“Ruth was a very wonderful and valuable community member,” said Janine Bowechop, Makah Cultural and Research Center executive director.

“She was incredibly generous and willing to teach Makah values to members of the Makah tribe.”

Bowechop said Mrs. Claplanhoo was the last of the tribal members fully fluent in the Makah language and a highly decorated basket weaver.

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