The Region and Daily LifeThe People of the Chinook tribe lived along the columbia river to the pacific ocean. The region they lived in has red cedar forests and rivers. The Chinook people were dependent on fish as their main food source but they ate other meats as well. The people were also very good traders which made the first encounter with Lewis and Clark very friendly. The Chinook people took advantage of the red cedar trees to make plank houses and canoes. The society of the tribe was sorted into castes of high or low status, upper castes were usually warriors, traders, and shamans.
Traditions and RitualsThere are many things the people did as a part of their culture and lives. Like some other tribes, the Chinook practice head flattening. The head flattening was for social status making flat headed people seem better than round headed people. Sadly some Chinook tribe members had slaves that were captured from other