In this unit, we will look at life in the Pacific Northwest between 1000 and 1700, and then consider the impacts of American and European explorers.

Native Americans

Assignment 2.1: Coastal and Plateau Tribes

Answer the questions on Page 1, then complete the graphic organizer.

When you are finished, answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper:

  1. What are the most significant similarities between the coastal tribes and the plateau tribes?
  2. What are the most significant differences between the coastal tribes and the plateau tribes?
  3. What do you think accounts for these similarities and differences?

Assignment 2.2: Local Tribes Research Project

  • Salish (Jackie, Matt, Kaitlyn)
  • Lummi (Zena, Katy, Alaina)
  • Suiattle
  • Muckleshoot (Cortney, Winter)
  • Swinomish
  • Nisqually
  • Suquamish (Ben, Logan, Nickoal)
  • Makah (Dan, Heather)
  • Chinook (Emma, Abigale, Kamryn)
  • Yakima (Sativa, John, Ryan)
  • Spokane
  • Nez Perce
  • Cayuse (Kamron, Riley)
  • Cour d’Alene
  • Colville

Page Template

Self-Assessment 2.2a: Local Tribes Research Project

1. Examine each other group's project. For each project identify at least one strength and one area for improvement.

2. Develop at least three "analytical categories" to group the above tribes based on characteristics described.
3. Write two paragraphs describing the results of your analysis.


4. Draw a pie chart showing the workload for this project. Annotate the pie chart with the parts of the task that each person completed. (If the workload was evenly distributed, your pie chart will be relatively simple.)


Assignment 2.3: Early Explorers in the PNW

Document 1

  1. Complete the Explorers of the Pacific Northwest timeline.
  2. Periodize the Exploration of the PNW.
  • For each period:
    • Identify the years for that time period.
    • Give the period a name.
    • Explain why you selected the periodization -- what events helped define the beginning and end of your period (and why).
    • Explain how that period may help and hurt our understanding of history.

Assignment 2.4: Who owns the PNW?

  1. Read two accounts of two priests who were accompanying the Perez Expedition
  2. Use the following documents to write a brief essay analyzing the evidence to answer the question, "Who should own the Pacific Northwest?"

Fur Traders

Assignment 2.5: Fur Trade Posters

By yourself, make a poster that describes one of the following:
  • Animals of the Fur Trade (which animals were trapped, their relative value, use, methods for trapping, where they were sold)
  • Hudson’s Bay Company (dates of operation, important figures, location, impact on the PNW)
  • North West Fur Company (dates of operation, important figures, location, impact on the PNW)
  • Pacific Fur Company (dates of operation, important figures, location, impact on the PNW)
  • Rocky Mountain Fur Company (dates of operation, important figures, location, impact on the PNW)

Your poster:
  • Must include at least four illustrations
    • All illustrations must include captions and citations
    • Each illustration should be related to different elements of the report's information.
  • Must include at least two informative maps.
    • One map must display key geographic information
    • One map must display change over time in some aspect of the fur trade
  • Must include a works cited list with at least five credible sources
    • Citations should be in Chicago Manual of Style format and turned into the inbox separately.
  • Should include descriptive and clear text that comprehensively covers each of the related topics listed above.
    • All poster text should be written in complete sentences; exceptions are made for lists of things.
  • Should be neat and organized.
    • Writing in dark ink.
    • Writing is legible and in straight lines.
    • Placement of text and graphics is clearly intentional.


Assignment 2.6: Fur Trade Analysis


Assignment 2.7

  • Make a T-chart to compare the two groups of missionaries.
Protestant Missionaries
Catholic Missionaries

  • Answer the following questions. Use at least 2 pieces of evidence for questions 2-7.
    1. What does the phrase “propaedeutic analysis” mean?
    2. Were the protestant and catholic missionaries efforts contemporaneous?
    3. What is the purpose of the Catholic ladder?
    4. What were each missionary group’s goals?
    5. What methods did both use?
    6. Does Prucha show a bias toward or against any missionary group?
    7. How does this analysis compare with the information in your textbook.

Assignment 2.8


In what ways was the trial of the Cayuse just?
in what ways was the trial of the Cayuse unjust?
Ultimately, do you believe that justice was served in this case?