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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
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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, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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