Were The Land Meets The Sea
Due to their proximity to the pacific ocean, the people eat a lot of seafood. Halibut, cod, salmon, and shellfish are all on the menu. They also supplement their diet with small forest game and wild plants and berries.
Because of their mild climate, the people of this region wear simple, rough shirts and robes made of animal furs or shredded bark. In the summer, women wear plant fiber skirts and the men wear breech clothes or nothing at all. When the weather turns cold, people use animal furs as capes and coats and wear hats to shed off the rain.
Using the large ceder and pine trees that grow in the region, the people here build large, gabled plank houses with door oles with large, colorful family crests on them. Family Totem poles add to the glamour of the communities
The northwest cast is alive with customs, traditions and events. One of their most famous pieces of art is the totem pole. it consists of a large log carved with animal spirits stacked on top of one another. pot-latches are also big in northwestern communities. pot latches are large feasts were the hosts give away lots of gifts to increase their social significance.
The people of the northwest coast use a variety of tools to help them survive. they use large dugout canoes made of whole ceder trees for transportation. harpoons are also used to hunt whales. Bows, knives, and baskets are also essential to the community
As you can see, the people of the northwest coast have survived and thrived using the basic materials they recieved form the ocean, and the land around them.
Halibut has been a key food item in the north westerners diet for many years. It contains vital vitamins and minerals.
Bark clothing like this shirt is made from shredded ceder bark that is woven into clothing on a kind of loom. Shredded bark is a clothing staple of the people of the northwest.
Plank houses like this one are made of large ceder planks that are stuck together to make a sturdy living space
Totem poles are carved with pictures of animals spirits.
Harpoons like this one are used to hunt whales that can feed the entire tribe for a winter. This is one of the natives most important tools
Map of the Pacific NorthWest