"A couple years ago some people brought two
skulls and the tradition for the Chinook people was, if they were
connected to the chief or royalty in the chief blood, they flattened
their heads when they were babies, they put them in a board. You
may have seen pictures of how they done that, and put the babies
in with a board on the forehead, and that would flatten that part
of their head. And that went on for many many years, you know,
way back, they don't do that anymore. That's a thing of the past
"When the Homestead Act came into this area, it brought a lot
of people in to take up that land. Wherever they homesteaded, if there
happened to be a burial ground there, and then while people were clearing
off their land/ and digging and/ they'd find these, these bones and
skeletons of the old Indian people. That's what happened a couple years
"These skulls were dug up by somebody that had the land, they
owned the land. See they were clearing or doing whatever work they do,
plowing or whatever, and up come the skeleton, and they would save the
skull, most of them were the skull would be a whole skull you know,
and so they brought those in, they brought two of them into the Chinook
"One day we had a meeting down there, and we decided to do something
with those, so I volunteered to get those, help get those back in the
ground, where they belonged, you know.
"And so Darlene Brewer, she had a plot down here at the old, the
old Cemetery, and she said, well they were not going to use that and
so it would be available to use that to bury those skulls in that. And
then I had a whole big bundle of the old trade beads too, so I carved
out that little canoe, it was about four feet long, and it was big enough
to take the two skulls and all of those beads, you know.
"So we put them all in there and we had a gathering on Memorial
Day, that was two years ago I think now. And so we put those back in
the ground, and what we did then, we covered them over and we poured
a cement slab over the top of that so that they could not be dug out,
or dug up again"
"We had that burial on Memorial Day and we had a gathering there,
and our friends from the Ho River was down, they drummed on their drums.
And there, they were, gave a little sermon and pretty soon here two
big eagles came over us, and they circled, round and round and round.
And all of a sudden, they made one big round right over the top of us.
"And then they went right straight north away from us. And it
gave everybody a feeling that we were watched over. We always have a
special feeling for eagles" (George Lagergren interview:2002).