Re-visioning Chinook Country on the World Wide Web

The Center for Columbia River History, in partnership with the Chinook Indian Nation and the Pacific County Historical Society presents “Re-visioning Chinook Country on the World Wide Web”

WHAT:  An illustrated presentation of a newly created website and panel discussion about the importance of collaboration in presenting Chinook history

WHO:  Native and non-Native collaborators from the Chinook Indian Nation, Portland State University, and the Washington State Historical Society.

WHEN: June 6, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Faith Center Church, 404 Bay Center Road, Bay Center, Washington

COST: Free


This program will present portions of the newly created Lower Columbia River Chinookan Communities Website for feedback. Native and non-Native collaborators will present a host of Chinookan materials, including video, photos, documents, and even digital images of the original 1851 Tansy Point treaties, available until now only at the National Archives.

Panel participants will talk about how partnerships can:

fill informational gaps;

correct historical inconsistencies;

make archival and personal resources widely available;

and reduce historical anonymity for the Chinook.

This program is presented by the Center for Columbia River History in partnership with the Chinook Indian Nation and the Pacific County Historical Society and with support from Humanities Washington and the James B. Castles Endowment


The Columbia Communities websites,, are a series of eight Internet exhibits, originally funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. The existing sites explore the histories of eight different Columbia River Basin communities since the building of major dams on the Columbia and its tributaries and include: Camas, WA; the Columbia Basin Native Fishery; Columbia Slough, OR; Moses Lake, WA; Sandpoint, ID; Umatilla, OR; and Crewport, WA. Each exhibit features extensive primary sources, including maps, oral history interviews, documents, newspapers, and photographs. Bibliographies contribute additional information about each community, and audio excerpts and curriculum questions enrich the exhibit tour.

The ninth exhibit, the Lower Columbia River Chinookan Communities Website invites its audience to re-imagine the historic Chinookan landscape through online multi-media materials. Re-Visioning This Place places a body of historical, archaeological, and audiovisual texts alongside the tools and methods for analyzing them. Short narratives guide exploration, connecting past and present. Searchable primary documents, images, video, maps, and contemporary interviews allow the viewer to construct and enrich existing narratives.

The Chinookan Communities Website has been funded through a variety of sources, including Oregon Humanities, Humanities Washington, and the James B. Castles Endowment with institutional support from Portland State University, the Washington State Historical Society, and Washington State University Vancouver. In kind support has come from numerous regional archives and the Chinook Indian Nation. To create this website, CCRH has worked with Native and non-Native scholars and experts to represent a variety of perspectives that respect multiple ways of understanding the past.


The Chinook Indian Nation is composed of the Cathlamet, Clatsop, Lower Chinook, Wahkiakum, and Willapa Bands, with its tribal office in Bay Center, Washington.


Humanities Washington honors and shares stories, ideas, and perspectives from across the state that connect Washingtonians from all backgrounds and communities, allowing us to understand our past and present as we work to shape the future. For information visit


The Castles Programs are funded through a generous endowment from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, of which James B. Castles was a founding trustee and twenty-year board member. Born in Montana, Jim Castles pursued and promoted the art, culture, and heritage of the Columbia and the American West. He valued public, informal education that stimulated discussion about the history of the region he loved.


The Pacific County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization devoted to preserving and presenting the history of Pacific County, Washington, USA.

The Center for Columbia River History (CCRH) website was created by a regional consortium that includes the Washington State Historical Society, Washington State University Vancouver, and Portland State University.


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