Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia

Edited by Robert T. Boyd, Kenneth M. Ames, and Tony A. Johnson

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  • Published: June 2013
  • Subject Listing: Anthropology, Native American Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 448 pp., 36 illus., 7 maps, bibliog., index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
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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, 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, introduces readers to Chinookan history and culture in rich and sometimes surprising ways.

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 Cultural Committee chair for the Chinook Tribe and Education Program manager for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe.
List of Maps, Tables, and Online Materials

The Chinook People Today
Tony A. Johnson

Part I. The Chinookan World
1 Environment and Archaeology of the Lower Columbia
Elizabeth A. Sobel, Kenneth M. Ames, and Robert J. Losey

2 Cultural Geography of the Lower Columbia
David V. Ellis

3 Ethnobiology: Nonfishing Subsistence and Production
D. Ann Trieu Gahr

4 Aboriginal Fisheries of the Lower Columbia River
Virginia L. Butler and Michael A. Martin

5 Lower Columbia Trade and Exchange Systems
Yvonne Hajda and Elizabeth A. Sobel

6 Houses and Households
Kenneth M. Ames and Elizabeth A. Sobel

7 Social and Political Organization
Yvonne Hajda

8 Chinookan Oral Literature
Dell Hymes and William R. Seaburg

9 Lower Columbia Chinookan Ceremonialism
Robert T. Boyd

10 Lower Columbia River Art
Tony A. Johnson and Adam McIsaac

Part II . After Euro-American Contact

11 Lower Chinookan Disease and Demography
Robert T. Boyd

12 The Chinookan Encounter with Euro-Americans in the Lower Columbia River Valley
William L. Lang

13 Chinuk Wawa and Its Roots in Chinookan 272
Henry B. Zenk and Tony A. Johnson

14 “Now You See Them, Now You Don’t”: Chinook Tribal Affairs and the Struggle for Federal Recognition
Andrew Fisher and Melinda Marie Jett©

15 Honoring Our tilixam: Chinookan People of Grand Ronde
David G. Lewis, Eirik Thorsgard, and Chuck Williams

16 Chinookan Writings: Anthropological Research and Historiography
Wayne Suttles and William L. Lang