LONGVIEW — Members of the Chinook Indian Nation and friends plan to finish a five-day paddle down the lower Columbia River in traditional canoes on Friday at the mouth of the river.
The Daily News reports the trip started in the Washougal area and will end with a private salmon ceremony at Chinook Point at Fort Columbia State Park.
The annual canoe event celebrates the river and tribal traditions.
The Chinook Nation consists of Cathlamet, Clatsop, Lower Chinook, Wahkiakum and Willapa tribes. The Chinooks were not recognized by the federal government as a tribe because they did not move east of the Cascades in the 1800s. They are still seeking federal recognition.