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What are some facts about Chinook Indian culture?

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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.

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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.

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