Native Trade Highway Project


Northwest Coast Native Trade Highway Project

Shoalwater Bay Tribe

Shoalwater Bay Tribe info. Read more

Chehalis

Columbia

The Columbia River was very important for many native people throughout the region, operating as a superhighway of trade and interaction.

Chinook

The Columbia River was the focus area of Chinook people, particularly at its entrance.

Nootka

Makah

Seattle

Colville

Spokane River

Quinault

Coeur d'Alene

Nez Perce

Kalispel

Northwest Native Trade Highway

Northwest Coast Native Trade Highway is an ongoing project (now in the very early stages) that is focused on the various tribes along the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River environs: the super highways of native trade and interaction. Read More

 

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Snake River

Dalles

Walla Walla

Lewis and Clark knew the area as Wollah Wollah in 1805. It is located near the Columbia River in the southeast area of present day Washington State close to the Oregon border. Walla Walla's central location along the Columbia River trade routes and inland Native roadways and trials to the East, made it a very important place for trade and interaction. As a result, Fort Nez Perce (later named Fort Walla Walla), Fort Steptoe, and the Whitman Mission further solidified Walla Walla's prominent place in the Northwest's Trade Highway concept. Read more

The Northwest Coast Native Trade Highway is an ongoing project (now in the very early stages) that is focused on the various tribes along the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River environs: the super highways of native trade and interaction.

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