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In this episode, we’re reaching into the Confluence Library to hear an interview with Tony Johnson, the Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation. He describes how his Tribe has been working for decades to win federal recognition and what it means to him to be Chinook.

Tony Johnson explains how the Chinook would not leave their homeland and how their treaty was never ratified.

Tony Johnson describes the difference between the Native and non-Native version of Chinook Wawa and the different languages Chinook Wawa is made up of.

Tony Johnson describes the experience of the Chinook receiving recognition in 2001 and having it revoked only eighteen months later.

Tony Johnson talks about the philosophies of the longhouse and canoe culture.

Tony Johnson discusses the revitalization of canoe culture among the Chinook Nation and the importance of children being raised with that culture.

Tony Johnson explains how traditional stories tell of reality and are more than “myths.”

Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about how the Boldt Decision reduced the fishing rights of many tribes, including the Chinook.

Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about connections to land, place, and stories.

Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about inheritance not being in monetary wealth but in resources and access.

Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about the Chinuk Wawa pidgin language, and how it was passed down to families because of its importance in contact between cultures

Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about culture and how American settlers don’t see their own culture.