Northwest Coast

Land of Plenty

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The culture of the Northwest Coast was supported by the moderate climate and rich environment. Their location on the Pacific Coast provided them access to fish, shellfish and marine mammals for food. They also were able to hunt small game in the heavily forested areas along the coast. The plentiful cedar trees allowed them to build plank houses for shelter and provide a source for totems which is one of the artistic ways the people told a story or shared their lineage. An important custom in the Northwest Coast were potlatches. Bark from the trees were also used for their clothing as were intestines from the marine mammals. These were celebration where the host would invite members of the tribe to their home and give away their important and rich belongings. They were able to hold this type of custom because of their abundant environment.

Ms. Hudson