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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.

Sucia figure, Coast Salish Art

An introduction to the art of the First Peoples of western Washington and southwestern British Columbia who speak the Coast Salish languages.

Duwamish river

Explore the dramatic changes to Seattle's landscapes and shorelines through The Waterlines Project.

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

Model Chinese junk in the Burke collection

Model Chinese ships are an important record of this form of shipbuilding that preceded modern ships made of steel and fiberglass. 

Aerial photograph of West Point

A 1992 construction site led to a significant discovery of cultural remains of local Native Americans that lived at and used the site for thousands of years.

Additional resources related to the First Peoples who speak the Coast Salish language.

 William_Shelton_carving_a_totem_pole

The totem pole, which had become a symbol of "a generalized American Indianess," was not a traditional art form of the southern Coast Salish peoples.

Chilkat Dancing Blanket

The Chilkat blanket was conceived to be a royal object in motion—the fringe swirls and sways as the wearer dances, dips and turns to a drum beat.

Shedding light on some of the greatest differentiating characteristics between the spruce baskets of the Tlingit and the Haida.

historic photo of the house posts

Uncovering the story behind a historic promotional poster and the polychrome carved cedar grizzly bear it features.

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