Quinault Indian Nation
They are among the small number of Americans who can walk the same beaches, paddle the same waters, and hunt the same lands their ancestors did centuries ago. The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) consists of the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes: Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook, and Cowlitz.
Their ancestors lived on a major physical and cultural dividing line. Beaches to the south are wide and sandy, while to the north, they are rugged and cliff-lined. They shared in the cultures of the people to the south as well as those to the north.
Living in family groups in long houses up and down the river, they were sustained by the land and by trade with neighboring tribes. Superb salmon runs, abundant sea mammals, wildlife, and forests provided substantial material and spiritual wealth to their ancestors.
A great store of knowledge about plants and their uses helped provide for their people. The western redcedar, the “tree of life,” provided logs for canoes, bark for clothing, split boards for houses, and more. They are the Canoe People , the people of the cedar tree.
They remember their past while employing modern principles in a marriage that will bring hope and promise to their people now and in the future.See more