Contemporary Chinookan Art

After colonization, Chinook artistic traditions declined. Specialized knowledge and skills disappeared as artists and craftsmen succumbed to foreign diseases in the 19th century. Christian missionaries also discouraged many forms of Chinook art, because they depicted spirit guardians. Finally, artifact traders looted Native burial grounds and village sites. Thanks to several dedicated and talented artists Chinookan art persevered despite these challenges. Contemporary Native artists are devoted to reviving and maintaining the traditions for future generations, and their work is exhibited in art galleries, in public installations, and in private collections.

Greg A. Robinson

Charles Funk

Adam McIsaac


Tony A. Johnson

Pictured here are examples of contemporary art by Tribal Chairman Tony A. Johnson.

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  • Greg Robinson Interview, 2012
  • Johnson and McIsaac