A public talk by Samuel V. Robinson
Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington
September 25, 2010

Samuel V. Robinson is Vice Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation and on the board of Friends of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. He presented this talk for a teacher workshop, “Northwest Native Revolutions: The View from Cathlapotle” on September 25, 2010 at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington.

Part I: Introduction to Chinook Tilixam (Chinook People)Time: 8:50
Sam Robinson introduces himself and discusses his family genealogy and involvement in the construction of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. He also discusses the history of the Chinook people, the original town of Cathlapotle, contemporary programs, and the contemporary Chinook Indian Nation.
Part II: Winter Gatherings and Canoe Journeys – a Time to Share | Time: 9:06
Sam Robinson discusses use of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and contemporary activities, such as the annual canoe journey. Tony Johnson joins in to share some of his experiences on the journey. Both discuss the importance of passing on Chinookan cultural practices.
Part III: Telling the Chinook Story Time: 6:22
Sam Robinson shares stories about how the Cathlapotle plankhouse is used today and why it is important to the Chinook community.