The People of Cascadia 

Pacific Northwest Native American History
written and illustrated by Heidi Bohan

Reviews & Comments

"The grant awarded to Carnation Elementary allowed us to buy 75 copies of the amazing book, The People of Cascadia, by Heidi Bohan. This book is beautifully written and has many exquisite illustrations and diagrams of the Salish Coast Native Americans and their culture. Heidi's talent has captured and aided the imagination of the young researchers in my class. The students are obsessed with the books and have begged to take them home over the weekend to continue their research. As an educator it is a blessing to have an educational tool that allows students the opportunity to research, learn, inquire and wonder. The students are now endowed with many new research questions to chase."

"How could this book not be in every household in Puget Sound; it is so much about our first peoples and their relationships with our landscape, what we should cherish and not want to let go of, what makes us not just another high tech roadside attraction in a made over, everywhere in America place."

"Had the best class class today. I finally used the mat kit I purchased from you about 2 years ago. It worked awesome.  The kids loved doing it and they struggled with the sewing {I found that interesting}, but they loved it and they loved the struggle.  They were so proud of their little mats!  It was great."

"[I} want to express my appreciation and admiration for what you did in that book. You brought together a tremendous amount of information, synthesized it and boiled it down to a concise 1-2 pages on each topic, including detailed drawings & captions. I especially enjoyed your sensitive treatment of the 4 major cultural groups as I am descended from tribes in two of them (upper Chinook & Cowlitz).   Many years ago I was involved in middle school Indian education in Marysville where teachers taught a month-long unit on NW native culture. There was no book like yours at the time so we had to draw together as much info as we could on our own. I hope your work has been adopted into curricula as it surely fills an important niche."

"One of the best references ever about how the coastal people of the Pacific Northwest lived. Very enlightening.Ron Zimmerman- Co-Owner Herbfarm Restaurant (International destination restaurant featuring local, traditional foods. In 2015 they purchased sets of books as gifts for their dinner guests and hosted the author as a presenter.

In 2015 & 2016 the following schools and tribes purchased class sets of 'The People of Cascadia' and/or Activity Kits and/or Author visits to support their Native American studies which work in tandem with the new Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum. Those with asteriks are repeat orders.
  • John Stanford Elementary*, Seattle; Books
  • Broadview Thompson Elementary*, Seattle; Books, Kits, Visits
  • Cow Creek Tribe*, Oregon; Activity kits (multiple orders)
  • Muckleshoot Tribe*, Washington; Books and kits; multiple
  • Lummi Tribe*, Washington; Books, Kits, Author visits
  • Klamath Tribe, Oregon; Author visit
  • Willamette School District, Oregon; Activity Kits
  • Chinook Middle School, Bellevue; Books
  • Eatonville School District, WA; Activity kits   
  • San Juan Island School District, WA; Books
  • Griffin Middle School, Olympia,WA; Books and Kits
  • Friday Harbor Middle School, Friday Harbor,WA; Books
  • McDonald International School, Seattle; Books
  • Puyallup School District*, WA; Books, Activity Kits
  • North Thurston Public Schools*, WA; Books
  • South Kitsap School District*, WA; Books
  • Puget Sound Education Service District* WA; Books, Kits
  • Margaret Mead Elementary*, Sammamish; Books and Kits
  • The Gardner School*, Vancouver, WA: Books and Kits
  • Carnation Elementary School*, Carnation; Books, Kits, Visit
  • Mercer Island Schools, WA; Books, Visits
  • Thornton Creek Elementary*, Seattle; Books, Kits, Visits

The following cultural centers and museums sell in their stores:

  • Duwamish Tribal Center, Seattle
  • Suquamish Tribe Museum, WA
  • Oregon Historical Society, Portland OR
  • Washington HIstorical Society, Tacoma
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
  • Whatcom Museum, Bellingham
  • Island Historical Museum, Whidbey Island, WA
  • Orcas Island Historical Society, WA
  • Issaquah Historical Society, Issaquah, WA
  • Snoqualmie Museum, Snoqualmie, WA