Chinook History & Ancestral Skills @ Shining Star Waldorf

Today my friend Eric and I went to the third grade class at Shining Star Waldorf school in Portland. They are learning about the Chinook Indians and since my friend who works there knew that I know Chinuk Wawa, she called me to see about coming in and teaching the kids a little bit about Chinook Culture, past and present. I brought my friend Eric, who is a Chinook, to talk with the children about what being a Chinook was like in the past and what it is like today. He shared stories and his persepctive on things. I was there to show the kids a little bit about ancestral technology in general. I demonstrated how to make a friction fire using my cottonwood bow-drill set that I have made to take with me on Lynx Vilden’s summer immersion program. Then I showed the kids how to make cordage while Eric told a few more stories. We had a great time!

3 Responses to “Chinook History & Ancestral Skills @ Shining Star Waldorf”

  1. scott dano says:

    I sure the kids loved the fire starting. Which Chinuk stories did Eric tell?

  2. Peter Bauer says:

    He couldn’t tell any myths because it is no longer winter, and those stories are only spoken in winter. He told most of his personal story and a lot of information related to things we were doing. He would relate things like my fire-making to the kids, telling them that kids might just be learning how to do the bow-drill at their age, but their main job was gathering firewood and tending the fire. Things like that.

  3. Christinecedar says:


    What a wonderful experience that must have been Peter, to have shared your Chinook knowledge as well as your skills with the Shining Star Waldorfians!

    Thank you for nurturing the young!