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 The People of Cascadia 

Pacific Northwest Native American History
written and illustrated by Heidi Bohan
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The People of Cascadia is a highly visual and comprehensive historical glimpse into the daily life of four major cultural language groups of the Pacific Northwest: the Coast Salish, Wakashan, Chinookan and Sahaptin which encompass dozens of bands and tribes. Cascadia refers to a geographic region that includes the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia Plateau and includes portions of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska.

It was written and illustrated for all ages, from elementary to college level students and for anyone interested in learning more about the people who lived in this region for at least five hundred generations before the first European schooners arrived in the late 1700’s.  

There are over 350 drawings, historical paintings, maps and photographs with associated text, organized into cultural themes common to most tribes, and then further divided into specific cultural groups and their unique elements. Additional insights are offered through journal notes from Lewis & Clark and, Vancouver expeditions, and early settlers journals, as well as legends from tribal groups.   


The lands of Cascadia


Cascadia refers to a geographic region that includes the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia Plateau spanning the east and west slopes of the Cascade and Coast Ranges. This regions stretches from northern California to Alaska from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Divide and includes portions of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska.

Originally funded by a King County 4Culture Grant, it was published in 2009 after a nine-year development and review process involving tribal cultural experts, field tested in schools at elementary and middle school level, and closely reviewed by archeologists and cultural specialists. It is currently in its 10th printing with over 7,500 books currently in use by schools, colleges, tribes, and individuals of all ages.

Laminated heavy softcover, 175 pages with over 300 illustrations and color photos by the author, historic drawings and photographs; maps and charts; legends and journal notes; plant lists, and an index geared for students research projects.

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