Culture

Online Resources

From the Burke

The resources on this page are designed for online research reference and use.

Columbia River at Kennewick

Information about the remains known as Kennewick Man/The Ancient One, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America. 

Kininnook's pole

Totem poles are thought of as symbols of Seattle by many residents and visitors, but, in fact, the indigenous people of Washington state did not traditionally carve totems. 

Ed Carriere woven basket

The Ethnological Collection at the Burke Museum includes objects dating from the late 1700s to the present.

Lou-ann Neel holds a model totem carved by her grandfather in the culture collections

The Burke is dedicated to collaborating with diverse Native populations, sharing collections and learning together. 

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.

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.

hands weaving a small basket

Learn to identify the different techniques and styles of Native American basketry in this web feature from 2001.

From Other Organizations
Association for Washington Archaeology

The Burke Museum provides the mailing services for this non-profit organization, which is committed to the protection of archaeological and historical resources in the State of Washington. Membership consists mainly of professional archaeologists, although it is open to anyone with an interest in learning about and protecting the past. Visit their website.

Reciprocal Research Network (RRN)

Research portal and collaboration hub for cultural First Nations items from the Northwest Coast that are held at 22 different institutions, including the Burke Museum. This resource is hosted by the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Visit their website.

Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. They advocate for the preservation of Washington's historic and archaeological cultural resources which include significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts. Through education and information, they provide leadership for the protection of our shared heritage and are the state permitting agency for archaeological work. This site includes links to archaeology laws. Visit their website.

Washington State Curation Summit Group

The Washington State Curation Summit is comprised of a group of interested individuals, representing tribal, federal, state, and city governmental agencies, museums, and cultural resource contract firms to address the curation of archaeological collections. Visit their website.

Washington State Tribal Directory (PDF)

This list is maintained by The Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, which recognizes the importance of sovereignty, affirms the government-to-government relationship and principles identified in the Centennial Accord to promote and enhance tribal self-sufficiency and serves to assist the state in developing policies consistent with those principles. View the PDF.

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