Photo Ben Schneider
Just across Puget Sound—via the half-hour Edmonds–Kingston ferry—stands this exceptional tribute to the area's first people. American Indian tribes have inhabited the Northwest for 10,000 years, shifting from cedar-plank houses in winter to summer camps for fishing, hunting, and picking berries. The Suquamish welcomed and traded with settlers, but the newcomers eventually turned on them, even burning their spiritual center, Old Man House, to suppress traditions. Now recognized as a sovereign nation, the Suquamish run this remarkable museum and maintain the grave of Sealth, the chief who gave his name—with a twist—to Seattle (a two-minute walk downhill).
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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6861 NE South St, Suquamish, WA 98392, USA