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interesting facts, pictures and information about
the life of the Wahkiakum Native American Indian Tribe
of the Northwest Pacific.
and Definition: The Wahkiakum Native American
tribe were part of the Chinook nation and were
amongst the Native Indians encountered by the Lewis
and Clark expedition in 1805/6. The Wahkiakum tribe
were among the Native American Indians who changed
the shape of their heads to a flat, elongated shape
and nicknamed 'Flatheads' by the white Europeans. The Wahkiakum
were traders and fishers
who lived along the Columbia
Facts about the Wahkiakum Native Indian
The Wahkiakum tribe were a Native
American Indian people, members of the Chinook
nation, who controlled areas on the north side of the Columbia river
in modern day Washington. Their tribal name
comes from a Chinookan word meaning "tall
timber". The Wahkiakum
people were organized into villages and settlements that
consisted of plank houses made from the
"tall timber" cedar trees.
The Wahkiakum tribe were among the many Northwest Native American Indians who
decorated their skins with tattoos and artificially re-shaped their heads according to
the traditions of their people. This dramatic change
in their appearance and their elongated, flat
heads led to the nickname of 'Flatheads'.
Refer to the Flathead article to learn more
about their lifestyle and method of creating the
elongated and flat shape of their heads.
Facts about the Wahkiakum Native Indian
As can be seen by the following map the people
of the Wahkiakum tribe lived in close proximity
to many other Native Indian tribes. There lifestyle was similar with
their neighbors in relation to their clothing, their religion, the food they
ate, their plankhouses and their canoes. For
details of their way of life refer to the
In 1810 members of the Kathlamet tribe moved across the Columbia
River and joined the Wahkiakum in a
village at the present site of Cathlamet.
Where did the Wahkiakum tribe live?
The Wahkiakum are people of the Northwest Coast
Native American cultural group, often referred
to as Flatheads. The location of their original homelands are shown on the map, on the
the Columbia River in what is now the State of
geography of the region in which they lived
dictated the lifestyle and culture of the
They lived in the Pacific Northwest coastal
region in the state of Washington
The location of their villages were along
the north side of the Columbia River.
Land: Tall thick forests, mountains
and rivers. The climate consisted of hot summers and
cold, rain drenched winters
Animals: The animals included Mountain
sheep and goats, beaver, deer, moose,
racoon, elk and bear
Fish: Shell fish, sturgeon and salmon
Natural Resources: Red cedar trees, berries,
seeds, bulbs, roots, forests, mountains,
Map showing location of
The Wahkiakum Tribe: The Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark expedition made contact with
the Wahkiakum tribe in 1805/6. The following
Journals of Lewis and Clark: Native
Indians, provides details of their
encounters with the Native American Indians who
inhabited the region. Lewis and Clark reported
that the Corps of Discovery met the Wahkiakum on
several occasions when gifts were exchanged, and
the ideal of trade with the United States was
discussed. The tribe were referred to as the "Wackiakums"
in the famous Lewis and Clark journals.
Wahkiakum History: What happened to the Wahkiakum tribe?
A terrible epidemic, known as 'Gray Fever'
(thought to be Asian Flu or smallpox) wiped out much of the
Wahkiakum population during 1829-30, leaving about
500 people. The population increased with time
and many of the survivors had moved to the
Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington State.
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