Totem Poles:


The Chinook totem poles were used in many different ways from storytelling to being a status symbol. The Chinook totem poles were used for storytelling, status symbol, bring shame, memorials, and to express themselves

            The totem poles are hand carved and painted with all colors they also added masks and accessories such as wooden wings and wooden beaks. The totem poles also contained themes so they weren’t random. The themes usually contained animals.

            When a totem pole was made for a memorial it was usually for a chief or someone important.  The chief’s headdress was put on top of the totem pole and the pole was hallowed out to put the cremated ashes in it.

            The pole was used for shame and wouldn’t be taken down until a treaty was signed between the people. The shame pole was usually used to disrespect a family or individual. Only men could carve and carry totem poles to and from place to place.


 "Red Elk Speaks." Red Elk Speaks RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.



The chinook people used nets and spears to fish for salmon in the rivers and ocean shores. They would build wooden sheets to put in narrow rivers and streams to block the fish and catch them in nets. The men fished while the woman cleaned and cooked the fish for a meal. If they caught a fish that was heavy enough they would use it in a special ceremony.

             When the chinook hunted they used spears and clubs to kill the animals. They made the spears out of sharp stone and wood tied together with ties. The clubs were made of wood that was carved into the shape of a club.


"National Geographic: Lewis & Clark—Tribes—Chinook Indians." National Geographic: Lewis & Clark—Tribes—Chinook Indians. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013.