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Where do the Northwest coastal tribes live?

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Asked by: Alinush Weihn

The American Indians of the Northwest Coast traditionally lived on a narrow belt of Pacific coastland and offshore islands. The Northwest Coast culture area stretches from what is now the southern border of Alaska to northwestern California. The Pacific Ocean is the western boundary.

Where did the tribes of the Northwest live?

The Northwest tribes lived in what is now Alaska, Oregon, British Columbia and the Yukon of Canada, Northern California, and the state of Washington. The groups established permanent villages around 3,000 BC, mostly near peninsulas, rivers, and regional islands.

Where is the Northwest Coast culture area?

The Northwest Coast Culture Area stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to about the Oregon-California border. This strip of coast has a relatively mild climate, temperate rain forest of spruce, hemlock and fir, and rich marine life.

What tribe lived in the Northwest Coast?

The Northwest Coast was densely populated when Europeans first made landfall in the 1700s. It was home to peoples speaking Athabaskan, Tshimshianic, Salishan, and other languages. Well-known tribes included the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, Bella Coola, Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka), Coast Salish, and Chinook.

What is the Northwest Coast region?

The term Northwest Coast or North West Coast is used in anthropology to refer to the groups of Indigenous people residing along the coast of what is now called British Columbia, Washington State, parts of Alaska, Oregon, and Northern California. The term Pacific Northwest is largely used in the American context.

What are the Northwest tribes known for?

There are many tribes that lived in the Northwest region. Some of these were the Chinook, Tillamook, Coast Salish, and the Tlingit. These groups are well known for its hand-crafted totem poles.

Where did the natives live?

Native Americans lived throughout North and South America. In the United States there were Native Americans in Alaska, Hawaii, and the mainland of the United States. Different tribes and cultures lived in different areas.

What did the Northwest tribe grow?

Salmon was a major source of food, along with other fish such as trout, halibut and herring, followed by acorns, hundreds of different plants, marine mammals (whales, otters, seals), bears, beavers, lynx, deer, and small game like rabbits and hares.