Northwest Coast Indians is one of the information books in the Heinemann Library series, First Nations of North America. Books in the series offer information to grade four to six students about the cultural history of the major cultural regions of North America. This title discusses the Pacific Northwest culture region, including the Chinook, Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, and Tsimshian First Nations.
Making Wawa: The Genesis of Chinook Jargon by George Long, dean of arts at the University of Ottawa, provides interested readers with a history of the development of a so-called pidgin language, Chinook Jargon, known now as Wawa. He notes that this language of communication among Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast and early French traders developed as a language of trade and commerce. The author notes that this language has been declared a heritage language by the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde in Oregon.