Native American Cultures

© Chinook NationThe Native Americans that called the land along the Columbia River home were of the Chinookan speaking peoples. They were astute traders and accumulated wealth trading their pelts and food stuffs with the Europeans long before Lewis and Clark ever reached these shores. They were hunters, stalking big game such as deer, elk and bear. They were fishers, plying the waters in their Cedar dugout canoes following the salmon and other fresh and salt water fish. They were gatherers of roots and berries. Their navigation skills were second to none as they guided their canoes over the waters to trade their goods, to fish or to hunt. But most importantly, they were stewards of the land and waters of this area they called home…the lands along the might river….The Columbia.