Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia

Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia


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Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia by Robert T. Boyd

Chinookan peoples have lived on the Lower Columbia River for millennia. Today they are one of the most significant Native groups in the Pacific Northwest, although the Chinook Tribe is still unrecognized by the United States government. In Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia River, scholars provide a deep and wide-ranging picture of the landscape and resources of the Chinookan homeland and the history and culture of a people over time, from 10,000 years ago to the present. They draw on research by archaeologists, ethnologists, scientists, and historians, inspired in part by the discovery of several Chinookan village sites, particularly Cathlapotle, a village on the Columbia River floodplain near the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Their accumulated scholarship, along with contributions by members of the Chinook and related tribes, provides an introduction to Chinookan culture and research and is a foundation for future work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295995236
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 06/26/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 876,851
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert T. Boyd is a research anthropologist at Portland State University and the author of The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence. Kenneth M. Ames is professor emeritus of anthropology at Portland State University and lead author of Peoples of the Northwest Coast. Tony A. Johnson is chair of the Chinook Nation. For more information on Robert T. Boyd, go to

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Online MaterialsPreface Acknowledgments

The Chinook People Today / Tony A. Johnson

Part I. The Chinookan World1. Environment and Archaeology of the Lower Columbia / Elizabeth A. Sobel, Kenneth M. Ames, and Robert J. Losey2. Cultural Geography of the Lower Columbia / David V. Ellis3. Ethnobiology: Nonfishing Subsistence and Production / D. Ann Trieu Gahr4. Aboriginal Fisheries of the Lower Columbia River / Virginia L. Butler and Michael A. Martin5. Lower Columbia Trade and Exchange Systems / Yvonne Hajda and Elizabeth A. Sobel6. Houses and Households / Kenneth M. Ames and Elizabeth A. Sobel7. Social and Political Organization / Yvonne Hajda8. Chinookan Oral Literature / Dell Hymes and William R. Seaburg9. Lower Columbia Chinookan Ceremonialism / Robert T. Boyd10. Lower Columbia River Art / Tony A. Johnson and Adam McIsaac

Part II . After Euro-American Contact11. Lower Chinookan Disease and Demography /Robert T. Boyd12. The Chinookan Encounter with Euro-Americans in the Lower Columbia River Valley / William L. Lang13. Chinuk Wawa and Its Roots in Chinookan / Henry B. Zenk and Tony A. Johnson14. “Now You See Them, Now You Don’t”: Chinook Tribal Affairs and the Struggle for Federal Recognition / Andrew Fisher and Melinda Marie Jetté15. Honoring Our tilixam: Chinookan People of Grand Ronde / David G. Lewis, Eirik Thorsgard, and Chuck Williams16. Chinookan Writings: Anthropological Research and Historiography / Wayne Suttles and William L. Lang

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