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100 Years:

Photographs from the Suquamish Tribal Archives


January 10 through May 17, 2015


A Suquamish Museum Traveling exhibit comes home.  First exhibited in the 1990s, 40 images of Suquamish People from the last century will challenge your romanticized notion of the American Indian.  All of the photographs are part of the Museum's Archives and can be special ordered through our Research Room.



Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound

October 25 through December 31, 2014

Created in close partnership with the Native Coast Salish advisors, Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound explores the deep history of the area's food traditions. Coast Salish diets are incredibly diverse—and always have been. Archaeological sites around Puget Sound have revealed more than 280 plant and animal species used as food, and knowledge from elders has added even more to this list.

Salish Bounty—comprised of historic photo images, map, and informative text printed on free-standing banners―reminds us that food isn't solitary; cooking and eating are things we do with other people and express our cultural history and values. The exhibit also includes a 4-minute audiovisual DVD offering archaeological insight to Coast Salish food resources spanning thousands of years along the Duwamish River.

Like other food traditions around the world, the revival of Coast Salish food embodies the reestablishment of more healthful and sustainable practices that honor land and community. For a local flare, host institutions are encouraged to display theme related objects from their own collections or directly from their area tribal communities. 

Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound has been organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, with co-curators Warren King George (Muckleshoot/Upper Skagit Indian Tribe) and Elizabeth Swanaset (Nooksack/Cowichan/Laq'amel Tribes).


45-KP-2: The Archaeology of Old Man House




Curated by Suquamish Museum Archivist/Curator, Lydia Sigo, 45-KP-2: The Archaeology of Old Man House, features artifacts excavated by the University of Washington archaeologist Warren Snyder, in 1950 and 1951.  The collection returned last October to the Suquamish Tribe from the Burke Museum where it had been on deposit since the excavations. Large format photographs and graphics illustrate the archaeological excavations and information gleaned from the subsequent research about the site.


Suquamish Tribal Chairman, Leonard Forsman, and Suquamish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Dennis Lewarch, assisted Ms. Sigo with the research for the exhibit.  Also on view, in the Lawerence Webster Education Auditorium, is a film by local producer, Matthew St. Carrell, who worked with Ms. Sigo to produce an accompanying video presentation: Ancestors Return: The Legacy of Old Man House.


The site, occupied for thousands of years by the Suquamish People, is best known today for Old Man House, a traditional Salish design shed roof dwelling.  Once home to Chiefs Sealth and Kitsap, both hereditary leaders of the Suquamish Tribe, the dwelling is believed to date from the later part of the Eighteenth-century, reaching its peak by the mid Nineteenth-century during the lifetime of Chief Sealth.


Today the site on the shore of Agate Pass is a housing subdivision with a portion of the traditional Old Man House beach preserved within the boudaries of the Suquamish Old Man House Park.  The structure itself was burned in the 1870s by the U.S. government to encourage Suquamish Tribal members who still lived on the site to remove to individual allotments assigned to families on the Port Madison Indian Reservation.   The Park site, purchased by the State of Washington in 1950 to perserve a portion of the original Old Man House Village Site, was returned to the Suquamish Tribe by the Washington State Parks and Recreation department in 2004.








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