TSETSAUT were a group of ATHABASCAN-speaking people who once lived in the mountainous north-central Interior around MEZIADIN LK. In the 19th century they moved west toward the coast into the headwaters of the Portland Canal (see PORTLAND INLET) where eventually they merged with their NISGA'A, GITKSAN and TLINGIT neighbours. A population that numbered about 500 in 1830 declined due to disease, starvation and assimilation; today there are no known descendants.

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