The Chinook peoples are located near the Columbia River in both Oregon and Washington in the United States. The University of Victoria's Art Collections houses four mortar and pestles from this area.
The Chinook language is today labeled as a 'sleeping language.' Chinuk Wawa, or Chinook Jargon, was a trade language that was used to communicate between traders and First Nations on the Northwest Coast. This language was mainly composed of a Chinook vocabulary but also included other languages. 1