What Are Some Facts About Chinook Indian Culture?

The Chinook Indian Nation is a Native American tribe that lives on the Northwest Pacific Coast along the Lower Columbian River. The Chinook are historically famous for being skilled traders.

The Chinook tribe is known to consist of many close relatives led by a well-respected elder. Chinook religious rituals revolve around the way the tribe first made a living, such as salmon runs and hunting. As famed traders, the Chinook spoke a widely recognized trade language made up of the Chinook, Nootka, English and French languages.

The Chinook Indian Nation has a Culture Committee that celebrates the culture and history of the Chinook people by hosting several annual cultural events. The Culture Committee also holds a monthly council meeting.