For a primer on a storied tribe in the Puget Sound region, stop by West Seattle’s Duwamish Longhouse (*4705 W Marginal Way; duwamishtribe.org), a traditional cedar post-and-beam structure that serves as a community center and free exhibition space. In Magnolia, Daybreak Star Center (5011 Bernie Whitebear Way; unitedindians.org) also features Native art and community events—but for all Seattle-area tribes—at Discovery Park. It also hosts the Indian Days Pow Wow (July 15–17), when the public is welcome to watch performers from local tribes, partake in a salmon dinner, and browse Native crafts.
Dive into the cultural landscape with an Argosy Cruises excursion to Tillicum Village (*argosycruises.com) on Blake Island. Once you disembark, see towering totems, enjoy a salmon bake, and watch dramatic dances and storytelling. And for a modern take on Native cuisine, order eats from Off The Rez (offthereztruck.com), a food truck that dishes up frybread “tacos” slathered in toppings ranging from chicken chili verde to pulled pork.
Burke Museum (*4331 Memorial Way NE; burkemuseum.org), the state’s oldest public museum, also opens a window to these earlier civilizations. Set on the University of Washington campus, its collection includes a 37-foot story pole and ancient cedar-bark hats dating back 420 years. Nearby stands the longhouse-style facility włbaltxw — Intellectual House (4249 Whitman Ct), the school’s gathering space for the Native American community.
Finally, see art in action at Lake Union Park near the Center for Wooden Boats (*1010 Valley St; cwb.org). Youths gather here for summer canoe-building workshops to learn millennia-old techniques that transform single logs into artfully decorated hulls.
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