Multnomah (Sauvie Island Indian Village)
The Oregon Encyclopedia
Indigenous peoples, Native Americans
"Multnomah" is a word familiar to Oregonians as the name of a county and a waterfall, among other places. Less well known is its origin as the name of an Indian village once located on the upriver end of Sauvie Island facing the Columbia River. The name is from Chinookan máɬnumax̣ (also nímaɬnumax̣) ‘those toward water’ (or ‘toward the Columbia River’, known in Chinookan as ímaɬ or wímaɬ ‘the great water’).
Hajda, Yvonne P.; Zenk, Henry B.; and Boyd, Robert T., "Multnomah (Sauvie Island Indian Village)" (2018). Anthropology Faculty Publications and Presentations. 157.