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Preserving 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, song and dance, language, carving 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.

“Language is like water for their roots.”
Ted Moomaw, Colville’s Waterfalls Immersion School


Jamestown S'Klallam Preserving Culture 1
Jamestown S'Klallam Preserving Culture 1
Thriving tribal communities, arts, and culture are critically important to Washington tribes. 
Preserving CultureWashington Tribes: Investing in CultureCanoe Journey: Fawn Sharp


  • Suquamish Tribe welcomes canoes during a series of shorter canoe journeys geared toward younger tribal members.  In case you missed it, check out the video here!
  • The Cowlitz Indian Tribe builds a traditional 16.5-foot cedar canoe to be displayed in the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso. The canoe will represent the tribe’s positive and cultural impact in the community.

  • Tulalip Tribes welcome and honor the first king salmon of the season with traditional drummers, singers and guests during annual Tulalip Salmon Ceremony.

  • Watch and learn about Lummi Nation and their cultural connections to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Stillaguamish Tribe opens a new community center, the 26,000-square-foot space will serve as a cultural hub for nearly 300 tribal members.

  • To support a student’s project on the significance and history of native fishing hooks, the Makah Nation came together recently and handmade over 200 traditional wood, bone and metal halibut hooks.

  • A pilot program between the Suquamish Tribe and Sound Experience teaches children about Puget Sound and the native culture of the Pacific Northwest!