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Chinook Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Chinook Jargon and Chinook language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Chinook tribe and their society. Please note that Chinooks and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Chinook history is interesting and important, but the Chinook Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Chinook Websites

Chinook Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Chinook Indian language.
Chinook Jargon:
    Information about the Chinook Jargon, a widely used Native American trade language based on Chinook.
Chinook Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Chinook culture.
Chinook Legends:
    Collection of Chinook Indian legends and folktales.

Chinook Tribal and Community Websites

Chinook Nation:
    Official homepage of the Chinook Indian tribe today.
Confederated Tribes of Siletz:
    Home to descendants of the Chinook tribe and many other tribes of Washington, Oregon and California.
Chinook Winds Casino:
    Homepage of the Siletz Reservation's tribal casino at Lincoln City.

Maps of Chinook Lands

Pacific Northwest Indian Maps:
    Map of the Chinook tribe and other Northwest Coast Indians of the Washington, Oregon and California region.

Chinook Lifestyle and Tradition

Chinook Tribes:
    Overview of the Chinook people and related tribes from the University of Oregon.
The Chinookan Tribes:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Chinook Indians and their neighbors. With many photographs.
Chinook Indians:
    Article on Chinook history and culture.
Lewis and Clark: The Chinook Indians:
    Profile and photos of the Chinook Native American tribe and their interactions with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Chinook Nation:
    Article on the Chinooks with pictures of Chinook Indian clothing.
Cathlapotle Plank House * Northwest Coast Plank Houses:
    Descriptions of traditional Chinook homes, with photographs of a Chinook interpretive center.
First Salmon Ceremony * First-Salmon Spring Fishing Ceremony:
    Articles on the First Salmon tradition of the Chinook people.
Chinook Nut Cornbread * Blueberry Tea:
    Traditional Chinook recipes.
Chinook Legends:
    Collection of Chinook Indian legends and folktales.
Chinook Authors:
    Chinook writers, their lives and work.
US Recognises Chinook Tribe * What's Wrong With This Picture?:
    Article on the 2001 federal recognition of the Chinook Nation.
Four Directions: Chinookan:
    Timeline and links about Chinook history.

Chinook Genealogy

Chinook Genealogy Forum:
    Messageboard for Chinook Indian descendants.
American Indian Genealogy:
    Direction for those seeking Native American ancestors.

Books for sale on the Chinooks
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The Chinook Indians: Traders of the Lower Columbia River:
    Ethnography book on the Chinook tribe for sale online.
Chinook Tribe of Native America * Chinook Indians:
    Illustrated books for kids on Chinook history and culture.
Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Chinooks and American Indians in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Chinook: * Chinook Tribe:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Chinook tribe.
  Pueblo Chinook * Los Chinook * Historia y lengua baja chinook:
  Information about the Chinook tribe in Spanish.
  Chinook Nation: * Chinooks:
  Chinook links.

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