Traditional Coast Salish foods list

Photo: Elise Krohn
Photo: Elise Krohn
September 14, 2013 | Burke Museum

This is an excerpt from the Salish Bounty exhibit created by the Burke Museum in 2012.

Traditional Coast Salish Foods

Stories from the ancestors and the archeological record agree: Native Coast Salish peoples had an incredibly diverse knowledge about the food plants and animals of this region.

Archaeological sites around Puget Sound have found more than 280 plants, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, shellfish and other marine life used as traditional Coast Salish cuisine. Testimony and knowledge from Coast Salish Elders, hunters, fishermen, and gatherers has confirmed and added many more foods to that list.


Posted: August 30, 2012
Video Caption: In this short video, archaeologists Peter Lape and Robert Kopperl describe a survey of 130 archaeological sites in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties and the traditional foods they found.