Pre-Columbian Indian Macro-Cultures:  Northwest Plateau
 
 

Commonality of Northwest Plateau Macro-Culture:

1.  Semi-sedentary hunter/fisher/gatherers
2.  Buffalo and fishing important
3.  Communal
4.  Active traders
 
Northwest Plateau languages and tribes:
Phylum / Stock / Family / Language Tribe
Macro-Penutian / Shapwailutan / Shahaptian / Nez Perce Nez Perce
Wallawalla
Macro-Penutian / Shapwailutan / Shahaptian / Palouse Palouse
Wanapam
Macro-Penutian / Shapwailutan / Shahaptian / Tenino Tenino
Tygh
Umatilla
Macro-Penutian / Shapwailutan / Yakima / Yakima Yakima
Macro-Penutian / Shapwailutan / Waiilatpuan / Cayuse Cayuse
Molala
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Coeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Columbia Columbia
Methow
Wenatchee
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Kalispel Colville
Kalispel
Lake
Spokane
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Okanogan Okanogan
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Salishan Salish (Flathead)
Mosan / Salishan / SE Interior Salishan / Sanpoil Sanpoil