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People & Cultures

Cory Fuavai researches Samoan objects from the Burke’s collection not only for his coursework, but also to become a matai chief.

Danny carefully glues parts on a pump drill as John Timu looks on.

Danny Shelton builds a stronger connection to his heritage and inspires his fellow classmates to pursue their own cultural research.

Bruce Alfred takes a closer look at the mask

We look back at what we’ve learned about the Native mask that inspired the original Seattle Seahawks logo in the past year.

Comparative photo of Seattle’s changing landscape

Seattle is one of the most dramatically re-engineered cities in the United States.

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. 

Map of Coast Salish region and cultural groups

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

contemporary carved comb

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. 

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

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.

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