“Doing history” is an active process of inquiry that calls for multiple methods and drawing conclusions based on evidence. This section explores several ways we understand the past: archaeology; documents & images; and oral testimony. Each investigative method has benefits and drawbacks. Together they shape a rich picture of the past. Once you’ve seen how we know about Chinookan history, we invite you to apply the analytical methods presented here for yourself:

  • Digging In presents an overview of archaeological methods and interpretation
  • Reading the Record explains historical approaches to analyzing documents and photographs
  • What We’ve Learned suggests the lessons we received from embarking on an oral history project with Chinook Elders and Leaders

Check out “Stories” to read more about the importance of oral testimony and oral histories to the history of Chinook Nation.