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Suquamish Tribe

The Suquamish are a Lushootseed (Puget Salish) speaking people that traditionally lived along the Kitsap Peninsula, including Bainbridge and Blake Islands, across Puget Sound from present Seattle.  Many of the present Suquamish live on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in the reservation towns of Suquamish and Indianola. Today the town of Suquamish is home to a world class new museum, culture center for Native American history and culture, Clearwater Casino Resort, White Horse Golf Course & Club House, and Kiana Lodge host of memorable events and weddings.

For more information, please visit the Suquamish Tribe webite.

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Visit the New Suquamish Museum

The beautiful new Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center are located just up the hill from the Old-Man-House village site, Suquamish Memorial and the restored Chief Seattle Grave Site. Set in a natural landscape of native plants the 9,000 sf space reflects the traditional Big House architecture of the Coast Salish and houses the Suquamish Tribes collections of artifacts, photographs and manuscripts. The public areas offer permanent and temporary Exhibition spaces, Research space, Education rooms, and a Museum Store. Click for information about visiting and events.



Chief Seattle's Burial Site


On the shores of Agate Pass in Suquamish is a small site called Old Man House Park. If you want to trace the history of Kitsap Peninsula, this is an excellent place to begin your journey.  The major Suquamish winter village was at Old Man House on the shoreline of Agate Passage at d’suq’wub meaning “clear salt water.”  The Suquamish name translates into the “people of the clear salt water.” 

2011 Canoe Journey - Videos & Links
New York Times - William Yardley    North Kitsap Herald - Tad Sooter

House of the Awakened Culture

For the Salish Tribes of the Puget Sound, a single large building served as the center of the community, a place for community living and major events. The original home of the Suquamish, Old Man House, was over 600 feet long and stood in what is now Old Man House Park. The House served the Salish people for generations before being burned down by the government in 1870 following the death of their leader, Chief Seattle


Today, the center of the Suquamish cultural resurgence is the new Suquamish Community House, The House of Awakened Culture, modeled after its historic predecessor the Old Man House. The new 13,169 square foot Suquamish Community House, shown above, features traditional-style architecture and materials, such as eight house posts carved in the Coastal Salish style and cedar siding. Like Old Man House, it is located on the waterfront in Suquamish. 

The Community House and its adjoining outdoor area is used for a wide variety of community-building programs that teach and celebrate our living culture. Community members can participate in Lushootseed language classes, traditional weaving and carving.

Suquamish Tribe Canoe Journey

The "House of Awakened Culture"  was the center of the 2009 Tribal Canoe Journey Hosting.  The Tribe hosted more than 10,000 people from all over the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. 

 


Youth Canoe Journey trainings, regalia making, and song and dance are practiced in the Community House. In addition, the Tribe, its guests and others will use the Community House as a location for traditional ceremonies and modern celebrations that mark life's milestones, such as honoring, graduations, family reunions, weddings and funerals. 

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

The beautiful waterfront Clearwater Casino Resort

The Suquamish Tribe council and business offices, Port Madison Enterprises, and Suquamish Foundation offices are located in Suquamish. In addition to operating the Clearwater Casino Resort, Port Madison Enterprises also operates several other businesses including the award winning White Horse Golf Course, the famous and very popular, Kiana Lodge.



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