Suquamish is an historic-waterfront community in a setting of saltwater, streams and forests. Built on the eastern side of a hill that reaches 300 feet above the waterfront, it provides views of Agate Passage, Miller Bay, Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Suquamish is culturally and economically diverse, with native and non-native residents that include an eclectic mix of artists, local workers, commuters and retirees. Suquamish Tribal history and tradition are celebrated throughout the year and are a visible part of the Suquamish experience.
Along the waterfront and in Suquamish Village you will find restaurants, a seasonal farmers market, local businesses and a number of cultural sites. Visitors can enjoy these sites by walking the streets and paths that join the Suquamish Museum and village neighborhoods with:
Chief Seattle Gravesite
Chief Seattle, the legendary leader of the Suquamish Tribe, is internationally respected. His ideas remain significant today through their global influence on ethics, spirituality, and environmentalism. The Suquamish Tribe re-built the gravesite monument in 2011 to honor Sealth and to promote Tribal and community knowledge of the great leader. An interpretative kiosk at the cemetery entrance, located on South Street next to the St. Peter’s Catholic Mission and near the Suquamish Museum, speaks of his impact in the Salish Sea region.
Suquamish Veterans Memorial
Built in 2010 to honor all in the community who have served, the Suquamish Veterans Memorial, is situated on a hill, overlooking the Suquamish waterfront. The memorial, comprised of cedar and polished granite, depicts the likenesses of two of the celebrated Suquamish warriors, Chief Seattle and Chief Kitsap. The names of veterans from the Suquamish community are carved on granite canoes at the memorial site.
House of Awakened Culture
Located on the waterfront in Downtown Suquamish, the House of Awakened Culture and its adjoining outdoor area are used for a wide variety of community programs that teach and celebrate the living Suquamish culture. Community members participate in Lushootseed language classes, traditional weaving and carving, Youth Canoe Journey trainings, regalia making, and song and dance practice in the house. In addition, the Suquamish use the house as a location for traditional ceremonies and modern celebrations that mark life milestones, such as honorings, graduations, family reunions, weddings and funerals.
Suquamish Elders remember when visitors and trades people were welcomed at the old Mosquito Fleet Ferry Dock in downtown Suquamish. In the 1930s, a community dock took the place of the pier but deteriorated over the decades and was finally deemed unusable.
The Suquamish Tribe Department of Community Development removed the old dock and built a new dock next to the House of Awakened Culture. The new dock also has an important cultural function; making participation in canoe outings accessible to elderly and disabled tribal members. The new public dock has restored the Tribe's historical access to the water and the town's connection to the waterfront. It is a community resource, available to all. It is a quick walk from the museum to enjoy the Dock or dine at the waterfront restuarants.
Old Man House Park
Site of the largest Suquamish winter village and Big House, located on the shoreline of Agate Passage, Old-Man-House was home to Chief Seattle before it was destroyed by the US government in 1870. Archeological investigations conducted on the site doucment habitation over the past 2000+ years. The Park is a short walk down Division Street to the waterfront from the Museum.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
Just minutes away from Downtown Suquamish, Clearwater Casino Resort offers visitors a luxury 85-room waterfront hotel, the award-winning Angeline Spa and the excitement of casino nightlife. Discover more about Clearwater Casino Resort amenities, including one of the Northwest’s most-celebrated golf courses at www.clearwatercasino.com
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