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Washington’s tribal government leaders are building a better future for all of us by investing in public safety, education, and jobs.

Native Culture

Thriving tribal communities, arts and culture are critically important to Washington's tribes. Native American culture has flourished in our region for thousands of years, and by investing in tribal community-building organizations, museums, art and cultural centers, school programs and the annual Canoe Journey, Washington's tribes are working to ensure native culture continues to be an integral part of our regional identity, for Indians and non-Indians alike.

For more information about the Paddle to Quinault 2013 Canoe Journey, please click here.

Case Study: Suquamish Museum Hosts Impressive Display of Tribal Culture

The newest of a growing number of tribal museums around the Pacific Northwest, the Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center, located near Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula, features over 9,000 square feet of Salish art, carvings, and history as well as a performance space and museum store. Built in the style of a traditional longhouse, the museum is part of a tribal campus that also includes an Elder Center, the Marion Forsman-Bousie Early Learning Center, and the House of Awakened Culture, an indoor event center.

The Squamish is not alone in its efforts to preserve and share native art, history and culture. The Makah, Yakama, Tulalip, Squaxin Island and other tribes have their own museums, as well as wood-carving centers, workshops and other cultural hubs. For more information on the new Squamish Museum, visit its website here.

For more information about tribal investments, please visit our News Archive.

Other tribal art, community building, cultural programs and events include:

Click on the photo above for Canoe Journey information!