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Fluffy Sculpin

Fishes are a vital part of our economy, marine environment, and regional identity; but do we even know our own fishes? 

Cataloged passenger pigeons.

What was once a species with unimaginable number, the passenger pigeon became extinct in less than a century. 

Mountain view from the San Juan Islands.

The people who come on these tours of San Juan Island are curious about one thing: stories of people and place. 

Preparation is a time consuming process.

A labor of love! Burke paleontologists take steps to preserve the South Lake Union mammoth tusk.

A color photo of the mask that inspired the Seahawks logo

The mask that inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo is discovered to be part of the Hudson Museum collection in Maine.

Kwakwaka'wakw transformation mask as pictured in Robert Bruce Inverarity's 1950 book, Art of the Northwest Coast Indians

A Northwest Coast Native mask is identified as the inspiration for the Seattle Seahawks original logo after years of speculation. 

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. 

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