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Chinook

Information about the Chinook

Chinookan refers to several groups of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. In the early 19th century, the Chinookan peoples lived along the lower and middle Columbia River in present-day Oregon and Washington. The Chinookan tribes were those encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 on the lower Columbia.

Chinookan groups

Chinookan groups include:
  • Cathlamet
  • Cathlahmahs
  • Chilluckittequaw
  • Clatsop
  • Chahcowah
  • Clackama
  • Clowwewalla
  • Cushook
  • Echelut (Wishram-Wasco),
  • Killaniuck
  • Klickitat
  • Multnomah
  • Skilloot
  • Wahkiakum (Wac-ki-a-cum)
  • Wappato
  • Wascopan
  • Watlata (Cascade or Wishram).
Most surviving Chinookan natives live in the towns of Bay Center, Chinook, and Ilwaco in southwest Washington.

Famous Chinookans

Ranald MacDonald (3 February 1824 August 24, 1894), a half-Chinookan, born in Fort Astoria, Oregon, to Archibald MacDonald, a Scottish Hudson's Bay Company fur trader, and Raven, a Chinook Indian "princess"[?], was the first man to teach English in Japan, in 1847-1848, including educating Einosuke Moriyama, one of the chief interpreters to later handle the negotiations between Commodore Perry and the Tokugawa Shogunate.

The above includes excerpts from Wikipedia.org, the free encyclopedia:






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