Re-Visioning This Place – Chinookan History Program 10/17

This from the Center for Columbia River History:

“Re-Visioning This Place: Lower Columbia River Chinookan Communities”
Learn about Chinookan People through a single material object–a basket.

WHAT: A day of Chinookan history and culture.

WHO: Native and non-Native historians, archaeologists, and artists.

WHERE: Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center

710 SW Jackson St., Portland, Oregon

WHEN: October 17, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

COST: Free to the public.

You are invited to a very special day of crafts, demonstrations, and presentations with leaders of the Chinook Nation, Native artists, Native and non-Native historians, and archaeologists.

In 2006, archaeologist Dale Croes found what he called the “Lucy of Baskets,” on Sauvies Island (known to Chinookan people as Wapato Island). This intact cedar checker-weave basket from the “Sunken Village” Chinookan archaeological site (1250-1750 AD) led to a series of discoveries and discussions, to be highlighted at this program. Dr. Dale Croes and Native artist Pat Courtney Gold will be on hand to discuss this archaeological gem, its ancient overseas connections, and what this basket has taught us.

Attendees will hear from leaders of the Chinook Nation, Native artists, and archaeologists. This Chinookan cultural day will include talks, discussions, hands-on activities, and cultural demonstrations, such as Chinuk Wawa language lessons and traditional weaving.

SCHEDULE, 10: 30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

10:30 – 12:30 – Welcome by Ray Gardner, Chairman, Chinook Nation

Sam Robinson, Vice Chairman, Chinook Nation, “Chinook Tilixam” (Chinook People), who are we?”

Pat Courtney Gold, Artist, Weaving Demonstration and talk: “A Historic View of Chinook Life on and Near Wapato Island (Sauvies Island)”

12:30 – 1:00 – brown bag lunch with artist Charlie Funk

1:00 – 2:00 – Dr. Dale Croes – Sunken Village Archaeology

2:00 – 3:00 – Craft activities and Chinuk Wawa Language Lessons

3:00 – 3:30 – Chinookan Peoples Today


For additional resources regarding “Re-Visioning This Place,” see


One response to “Re-Visioning This Place – Chinookan History Program 10/17

  1. Both Ray Gardner and Sam Robinson have been to Pleasant Valley Middle School to talk about Chinookan culture and the effects of “discovery” on their tribe. Especially interesting is their explanation of the current status of the Chinook Nation. Though well documented since the time of Lewis and Clark, the Chinook is still an unrecognized tribe despite the efforts of the Clinton Administration to recognize them in 2001 (and overturned in the Bush Administration.

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