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Tyson Simmons (Muckleshoot), Dusty Humphries (Jamestown S'Klallam/Makah), Brian Perry (Port Gamble S'Klallam) study objects in the Burke Museum collections during their 2016-17 Visiting Researcher Grant visit.

Visiting researcher Tyson Simmons teamed up with the Bill Holm Center to host a tool-making workshop.

A young man holds up a basket as a small child peers at the underside

The Bill Holm Center recently brought museum objects and shared object-handling knowledge at a two-day basketry workshop.

The Sugpiat community’s traditional Angyaaq boat is reconstructed and leaves shore for the first time in over a century.

Burke Museum visitors examine the blanket found to contain woolly dog fur.

A small tear in a blanket revealed a rare piece of history hiding in plain sight.

UW Pacific Islander students used their experience as Burke researchers to decode Oceanic objects and traditions in Disney's Moana

Beginning 4,000 years ago, people shifted from living solely on wild foods to farming and raising domestic animals. Why did this change occur?

More than fifty years ago, a 25-foot-long dugout canoe was found eroding out of a muddy bank of the Green River.

Highlighting and celebrating the heritage of Native peoples in our state, region and country.

Jadeite Adze in Wood

This stone woodcarving adze—broken and embedded in a piece of cedar—is unlike most items in our archaeological collections. 

The traditional jukung in the Burke's offsite storage.

The Burke Museum has a traditional jukung in its Culture collections, but until recently its origins were a mystery.

Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Curator of Northwest Native Art

The Burke Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse as the new Curator of Northwest Native Art.

student researchers in the ethnology collections

They come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, but have come together to change perceptions. 

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