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Near Chinook in Pacific County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

How Do These Stories Continue?

 
 
How Do These Stories Continue? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 27, 2021
1. How Do These Stories Continue? Marker
Inscription.  The Chinook people remember the significance of Qiqayaqilxam and have handed this knowledge down through the generations. They continue to live along the lower Columbia River and cherish this place. Their old ways — from art and language to fishing and gathering skills — are remembered, celebrated and incorporated into ongoing ways of life. Descendants of explorers, settlers and other immigrants also play a role in the story of this place. Generations of the McGowan family continue to live here, and nearby community members recognize the site's importance for fishing, for community and as a symbol of the past.

"One of the things that has remained constant was the people of the Chinook nation."Ray Gardner, Chinook
Captions:
(top right) In the fall of 2011, descendants of William Clark give the Chinook tribal members a new canoe in return for the one that was stolen by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the spring of 1806. Jim Sayee
(bottom right) A Chinook carver from generations ago decorated a pipe bowl with an animal head, revealing
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a delicate and refined carving style. Contemporary Chinook artists continue to find inspiration in the forms and figures of generations past. NPS Collections
(bottom left) Artist Charles Mulvey sketched the town of McGowan in 1947. Direct descendants of the McGowan family continue to live here. Courtesy of William M. Garvin
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 2011.
 
Location. 46° 14.812′ N, 123° 54.62′ W. Marker is near Chinook, Washington, in Pacific County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 101, 1.7 miles west of State Route 401, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in the Middle Village/Station Camp Park wayside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 354 US-101, Chinook WA 98614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Search of Recognition (a few steps from this marker); The Business of Trade (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Search for the Northwest Passage / Jefferson's Mission Accomplished (within shouting distance of this marker); A Collision of Cultures / How Did They Live? (within shouting distance of this marker); What Are the First Stories of This Place?
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Middle Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Columbia (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
 
More about this marker. Qiqayaqilxam is Middle Village's Chinook name.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Jan. 20, 2022