Where Did the Chinook Indians Live?

The Chinook Indians lived in the area we know as Oregon and Washington. They were mainly located along the lower and middle Columbia River.


The Chinook built permanent settlements along the Columbia River and did not travel from place to place like many other Native American tribes. They built longhouses made out of cedar wood planks and hunted for elk and deer in the woods. The Chinook also fished extensively in the river for salmon and trout, and they even ate clams and shellfish. In the winter, the tribe would wear clothing made from fur to protect them from the cold temperatures of the Pacific Northwest.

Lewis and Clark

The Corp of Discovery searching for the Northwest passage and led by explorers Lewis and Clark encountered the Chinook on their journey. Their relationship with the tribe was friendly, and the Native Americans actively traded with the men from the group.