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Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound

Created in close partnership with the Native Coast Salish advisors, Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound explores the deep history of the area's food traditions. Coast Salish diets are incredibly diverse—and always have been. Archaeological sites around Puget Sound have revealed more than 280 plant and animal species used as food, and knowledge from elders has added even more to this list.

Salish Bounty—comprised of historic photo images, map, and informative text printed on free-standing banners―reminds us that food isn't solitary; cooking and eating are things we do with other people and express our cultural history and values. The exhibit also includes a 4-minute audiovisual DVD offering archaeological insight to Coast Salish food resources spanning thousands of years along the Duwamish River.

Like other food traditions around the world, the revival of Coast Salish food embodies the reestablishment of more healthful and sustainable practices that honor land and community. For a local flare, host institutions are encouraged to display theme related objects from their own collections or directly from their area tribal communities. 

Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound has been organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, with co-curators Warren King George (Muckleshoot/Upper Skagit Indian Tribe) and Elizabeth Swanaset (Nooksack/Cowichan/Laq'amel Tribes).

Itinerary and Availability Information

Exhibit Specifications:


Exhibit introduction banner, 4 graphic text banners, 3 large-format spotlight banners, and an audiovisual DVD presentation

Participation Fee

$475.00 for a 10-week booking

Exhibit Support

Educational and programming resources, publicity kit, and exhibit technical manual sent in advance to receiving the show


200 square feet; 20 running feet


2, est.


400 pounds, est.




Shipping and insurance are free for Washington State host institutions

Tour Begins

September 2012


Salish Bounty Co-curator Elizabeth Swanaset holds clams collected on a Puget Sound beach last summer. The clams were then smoked and preserved for winter use.
Gilbert King George spear fishes on the White River during the “Fish-Ins” of the 1970s. Fish-in demonstrations in the 1960’s and 70’s were central to restoring tribal rights to fish in the “usual and accustomed places” guaranteed by treaties a century before.

For more information, please contact:
Mark R. Hand
Traveling Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 206-616-0268
E-mail: mrhand@u.washington.edu