Burke Blog

Innovative Coast Salish art being produced in the tradition of the artists' ancestors.

The tools and technologies to make canoes and other carvings.

Map of Coast Salish region and cultural groups

Explore the geographic region of the Coast Salish people, their history, language, and tribal names.

Sucia Figure

Works of art in the form of carved bone, stone, horn and basketry have been found and dated back to 5,000 years ago.

Acuclavella leonardi specimen

The strangest-looking arachnids found in Washington state according to Rod Crawford.

Specimen in the Malacology collection.

The Burke’s Malacology Collection began thanks to a group of Seattle teenagers back in the 1890s and has grown steadily over the years. 

Northern Red-legged Frog

What happens if I kiss a frog? Will I get warts if I touch a frog or toad? 

Dr. Christian Sidor makes a snow wall to shelter his tent.

Rock exposures are rare in the icy wastes of Antarctica, but they are the only places where finding fossils is possible.

Bruce Crowley with the tusk found in Seattle.

Washington state is home to a wide variety of fossils. Best of all, there age has several fossil sites that are open to the public!

This 37-foot story pole carved by William Shelton is being repaired thanks to help from the community. 

While there have been enormous changes in Coast Salish Native diet and culture over the centuries, a core value of food has survived.

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