Native Peoples of Puget Sound

Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

Learn about the diverse cultures and traditions of the Native American peoples of the Puget Sound region—known collectively as the Coast Salish. 

Connect with long-standing traditions that are still practiced today including basket-making, fishing, weaving, art, canoes and more! 

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COST

1 week rental: $50
2 week rental: $60
Each additional week: $20

What's Inside?

Burke Boxes include museum-quality objects and artifacts, as well as activities that can be tailored to many different ages and interests.

  • Adze
  • Awl
  • Coil Basket
  • Clam Basket
  • Blanket Piece
  • Canoe Model
  • Clam Bag
  • Contemporary Print
  • Dentalium, Trade Beads
  • Gill Net
  • Halibut Hook
  • Miniature Paddles
  • Salmon Tongs
  • Spindle; Whorl
  • A Time of Gathering: An Intertribal Welcome, by Roberta Haines and Robin K. Wright
  • First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the Northern Pacific Rim, by Meg McHutchison
  • People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American History, by Heidi Bohan
  • Seasonal Rounds of Coast Salish Poster
  • Traditions Cards
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Reach out to your local Tribe

We encourage you to continue your learning of Native American cultures by reaching out to your local Tribe for more resources.

Questions & Answers

We've compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Have another question that you need help with? Contact us. Please also refer to the Burke Box Terms & Conditions (PDF) for more information.

Burke Boxes can now be picked up on the start date of your rental from the new Burke Museum loading dock during business hours (8 am – 4 pm), Monday through Friday. The new Burke Museum facility is closed to the public as we unpack and build exhibits to prepare for opening this October.

The new Burke Museum address is 4300 15th Ave NE, Seattle (located to the west of the former facility—entrance is near the main UW entrance at 45th St NE and Memorial Way).

More detailed information will be provided to customers via email as we transition to our new building. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to retrieve or drop off your Burke Box, please call us at 206.543.5591.

Your Burke Boxes should be returned to the new Burke Museum loading dock by 4 PM on the last day of your rental period. For shipped boxes, your Burke Box should be placed in the mail for return no later than  the last day of your rental period. Please check that all materials are in the box and packaged properly before returning; you are responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Give us a call at 206.543.5591 or email burked@uw.edu if you are unable to return your box on time for any reason. Please note that we have a late fee of $10 per day per Burke Box.

A Burke Box rental costs*:

$50 for 1 week 
$60 for 2 weeks
$20 for each additional week

Please note: Pricing for Backyard Scientist Backpacks is structured differently from other Burke Boxes. Please see the Backpacks page for pricing.

Payment can be made online through our webform or in person via credit card, check, or purchase order no later than the last date of the rental period.

*Does not include shipping costs.

Yes! Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer cost assistance to schools and programs across the state. To apply, please fill out our Burke Box Cost Assistance Request form.

Yes, Burke Boxes can be mailed to recipients outside of King County* for an additional $30 per box (Please note: Cost assistance and scholarships cannot be applied to shipping costs.). This fee does not include return shipping; mailing all Burke Boxes back to the Burke Museum is the responsibility of the renter. Burke Boxes should be mailed for return no later than the last day of the rental period. All return Burke Boxes should be shipped to: 

The Burke Museum
4300 15th Ave NE
Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195

*Due to proximity to the museum and an increasing number of rentals, we aren't able to offer shipping within King County. We're sorry for any inconvenience!

Yes, if you are unable to pick-up or return a Burke Box on the scheduled date, or need to change or cancel a reservation, please call the Education office at 206.543.5591 as soon as possible.

Cancellations must be made a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled ship or pick-up date for a refund. Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will be charged the full rental fee.

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