What did Chinook people make clothes out of?
Around 1500 AD, Chinook people, both men and women, wore leather leggings and long leather shirts. Women’s shirts were longer than men’s, and their sleeves were wider. In warm weather, people often wore less clothing, and in winter they often wrapped furs around them to keep warm.
What about bark cloth?
Like people in Africa, Chinook people also made short skirts and hats out of pounded bark from cedar trees (and also sleeping mats).
Were rich people’s clothes different?
What about body modification?
Chinook people also flattened their heads like the Huns to make themselves look more beautiful or handsome. Both men and women had flattened heads. They did this by tying boards to press down on babies’ heads while their skulls were still soft, and this gradually changed the shape of their heads, the way braces gradually change the shape of your teeth.
The only people who didn’t have their heads flattened were enslaved people taken from other tribes, so people were happy to have flat heads to show that they were born free. Richer women also got tattoos on their arms and legs, as this woman has.
Europeans bring trade beads
Both men and women wore these blue and white trade beads as bracelets around their wrists and ankles, which sometimes were so tight that they cut off circulation and made their legs and hands swell up.
Chinook wool and cotton clothing
And as there got to be fewer and fewer Chinook people, and most Chinook women had to marry Europeans or people from other tribes, flattening heads gradually went out of fashion too.