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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Chinook Wawa of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 790

ROP3 Code: 102148
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Chinook jargon - (chn)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Salem, OR - 640

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Brief Profile

The Chinook Wawa people speak a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest that spread during the 19th century from the lower Columbia River in Oregon, Washington, and as far as Alaska. This language people group originated as Native American Indians and English and French peoples communicated with one another.

As such, their language has more characteristics of a creole language. It is related to, but not the same as, the aboriginal language of the Chinook people, upon which much of its vocabulary is based. For some Chinook Wawa descendants, the language retains positive symbolic associations with indigenous identity.

For instance, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, east of Lincoln City, Oregon, are revitalizing the language. They converse with and teach the language with younger generations.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians will share the gospel both in word and deed with the Chinook Wawa.
  • Pray for Chinook Wawa to experience a living and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesGrand RondeSalemOR640