northwest twenty

anonymous asked:

Could you talk more about differences in people depending on geography? Like you mentioned that New Englanders are opposites from Midwesterners, and I'm curious, as to how they're different, generally speaking? I visited both west coast and east coast but have a difficult time noticing differences in people in both areas.

Ehh, it’s all anecdotal and it tends to set people off when generalizations are made like that – I mean I haven’t lived throughout the midwest, just in the northern portions and really just in Chicago. Midwesterners in this region, until you hit Minnesota at least, tend to be very open and talkative about everything, ready to share and teach, which can lead to a lot of awkward oversharing at times. New Englanders are known for being private people who have a lot of subjects it’s simply poor manners to discuss, but can also be startlingly liberal in comparison to some areas of the midwest. I appreciate both sets of culture, they’re just very different. 

I will say that I did not realize how rude Californians could be until I moved to the pacific northwest. This was twenty years ago now, so a lot has changed in both places, but I got to college after living in California for many years and was baffled by people holding doors for me, telling me to have a nice day, saying please and thank you to strangers.

And it’s not that Californians are aggressive or impatient or actively working to be rude. They’re not; they’re not mean people. By and large, the Bay Area at the time was full of people who recycled and protested for equal rights and had vegan cookoffs and gave money to charity. There was just a much more self-focused culture on the individual level – people were just so involved in their own shit that they didn’t have much room left over to think about others on a day-to-day basis. I had to radically readjust my expectations of others and change a few of my own behaviors to shed my identity as a Californian outsider. (I’d been raised in California by a Canadian, which helped some; other kids coming up from southern California had an even harder time than I did.) 

I don’t think it’s necessarily something you notice on a visit, unless the culture is drastically different. It’s something you only really come to grips with when you live somewhere new, when you go grocery shopping and catch buses and walk around living your life somewhere. 

Native American Tribes That Lived in Oregon

Maps provide clues to the identities of Native American tribes that occupied the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-first century names of many towns, cities, regions and water bodies reflect the area’s native culture. Klamath Lake, Coos Bay, Tillamook, Multnomah and Chinook are just a few geographic locations named after the people who originally called these lands home.