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Welcome! The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center proudly stands near the mouth of the Duwamish River, across the street from the ancestral lands of the Duwamish Tribe. For millennia before the city of Seattle was named for the Duwamish Chief Si’at, the Tribe called this land their home.
In 1855, Isaac Stevens, Governor of the Washington Territory, approached the Duwamish Tribe with what became known as the Treaty of Point Elliott. With promises of financial compensation, a reservation of land, and the right to fish and hunt in ancestral grounds, Chief Si’at handed 54,000 acres of Duwamish land to the U.S.
King County, and the city of Seattle, now sit upon this land. The Duwamish Tribe was never given an adequate reservation, and currently does not have the right to fish the river where their ancestors fished for centuries before them. In direct violation of the Point Elliott Treaty, signed between sovereign nations, the Duwamish Tribe is not a Federally Recognized tribe. Under the leadership of Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe, the Tribe has spent decades struggling for justice. The fight still continues today.
The Duwamish Longhouse is a traditional cedar post and beam structure designed in the Puget Salish Longhouse style as a collaboration between the Duwamish Tribe and project architect Byron Barnes, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe. It houses a Native Art Gallery, Duwamish History Museum, Gift Shop, Duwamish Tribal Offices, and traditional Longhouse. The Longhouse – as in ancient times – is the site where tribal business is conducted and cultural and educational events are held. Every month, the Duwamish Longhouse hosts special events including Native Speakers, Native Entertainments, and Native Films. School tours are also available, providing students with an introduction to the Duwamish Tribe and Salish Peoples. http://www.duwamishtribe.org. To volunteer call (206) 431-1582 and ask for Event Coordinator Linda. Best wishes.
July 29th, Friday, 6:30-8:00pm, Johnny Moses presents Medicine Songs of the Pacific NW, Johnny Moses noted native NW Storyteller introduces 2 new CD’s that preserve NW Salish Cultural for future generations. Free admission. http://www.duwamishtribe.org
Free film showings at 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm. CHIEF SEATTLE by BJ Bullert & SEATTLE SPEAKS TO OUR TIME interpreted in Lushootseed by Vi Hilbert (run time 1 hour/15minutes). Free admission/parking. Frybread sales support Duwamish Legal Fund. In the art gallery "Duwamish Journey with Johnny Moses." Noted NW storyteller Johnny Moses explores the traditional cultural and spirituality of the Duwamish in his first gallery showing. Waterfront heritage park across the street with small boat launch. 1 mile walk or bike ride on Duwamish Trail from M125 Chelan Ave. bus stop.