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March 08, 2012

Traditional Northwest Native Foods and Diets Day

Burke Museum Collaborates with Members of the Coast Salish Community
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
March 31, 2012 10 am – 3 pm

Seattle – Join the Burke Museum for a special day highlighting revitalized interest in Native foods of the Coast Salish community, and other Washington State Native cultures.

In 2009, Northwest Indian College launched its Traditional Plants Program and joined a surging revival of interest in the diets of indigenous peoples. The program utilizes research to create a healthier lifestyle for indigenous people today around the world.  On March 31, teachers from the Northwest Indian College and members of local tribes will present activities illuminating the ingredients, cooking methods and benefits of traditional Native American diets. Activities include:

  • Traditional Native stories about food
  • Food foraging walks
  • Basketry, cordage, netting, and tool-making demonstrations
  • Traditional food preparation 

Traditional Coast Salish cuisine includes over 280 kinds of plants and animals. Contemporary Coast Salish cooks incorporate both traditional and newly introduced ingredients, sharing traditions to create healthy alternatives for families and communities still struggling with the loss of lands and waters, drastically changed lifestyles, and imposed industrial foods.

Learn how traditional foods were gathered, stored and prepared, how archaeological research helped document the diversity of traditional Northwest Native ingredients, and how this varied and delicious cuisine can influence healthy diets today.  Visit us online for a complete schedule of events and details.

Event participants include:
Northwest Indian College
Makah Cultural and Research Center
Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
Seattle Indian Health Board
Lummi Traditional Food Project
Institute for Culture and Ecology

High resolution images available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu, preferably at least ten days in advance of the event.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

Spring Stinging Nettles.
Photo courtesy of Elise Krohn