Chinook Creation Myth - Where did the world begin?
Welcome to Quatr.us Study Guides!

Chinook Creation Myth

Chinook Thunderbird totem
Chinook Thunderbird totem pole

In the beginning, the first men came down from the sky. They were Thunderbird's children. Thunderbird laid eggs on Saddle Mountain (in modern Oregon), and an giantess rolled five of those eggs down the mountain. Five men, each a different color, were born from those five eggs. So then they were in the valley.

When the men were in the valley, they found women there and pulled them out of the rocks. That was the beginning of the Chinook people.

(This is only one version of this story, and there are many others.)

More about the Chinook
A Pueblo Creation Story

Bibliography and further reading about the Chinook creation myth:

Inuit creation myth
More Native American creation myths
Native American religionD
More about Native Americans
Quatr.us home


For Presidents' Day, check out our articles about Washington in the Revolutionary War and Lincoln in the Civil War. Find out about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments, and how Washington promised to include freedom of religion.
Please help other teachers and students find us: link to this page from your class page.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
Looking for more?
Cite this page
  • Author: K.E. Carr
  • Title:
  • Site Name: Quatr.us Study Guides
  • Publisher: Quatr.us
  • Date Published:
Proud of your class page, homework page, or resource page? Send it in and win a Quatr.us "Great Page!" award!
Sign up for more free articles and special offers in Quatr.us' weekly newsletter:
We will never share your e-mail address unless you allow us to do so. View our privacy policy. Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email.
Comment on This Article

Cool stuff we've been enjoying: Looking for Valentine's gifts? Check out these new Chromebooks - all the computer you need for only $229.00!. Then study in peace with these Beats wireless headphones - for the exact same price! When you're done, show off your presentation or watch a movie with this excellent smartphone projector for only $39.99!


Does your class page honor diversity, celebrate feminism, and support people of color, LBGTQ people, and people with disabilities? Let us know, and we'll send you a Diversity Banner you can proudly display!
ADVERTISEMENT
Quatr.us is loading comments...
(Comments will appear after moderation, if they are kind and helpful. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll try to answer them.)
Cite this page
  • Carr, K.E. . Quatr.us Study Guides, . Web. 20 February, 2017
ADVERTISEMENT