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Adams, Leo (b. 1942)

A member of the Yakama Nation and one of Eastern Washington's most acclaimed artists, Leo Adams is a uniquely gifted painter and designer whose house overlooking the Yakima Valley has long been consid...

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Almonjuela, Dorothy: Growing Up Squamish

Dorothy Almonjuela (b. 1918) was born on an Indian reserve in North Vancouver, Canada. A Squamish Indian, she moved to Bainbridge Island in 1942. This account includes memories of her life on the rese...

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Arquette, William "Chief" (1884-1943)

William Arquette, a member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe who as a child living along Elliot Bay witnessed the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, was among the earliest musical stars from the Pacific Northwest...

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Bishop, Thomas G. (1859-1923) and William Bishop Jr. (1861-1934)

The political careers of the Bishop brothers, Thomas G. and William Jr., spanned a critical transition period for Coast Salish people in Western Washington between 1900 and 1935 that shaped subsequent...

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Bishop, William Sr. (1833-1906) and Sally Bishop Williams (1840-1916)

After the Puget Sound "Indian War" of 1855-1856, a number of high-status Coast Salish refugees relocated to Chimacum Prairie, south of Port Townsend at the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. T...

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Book Review:
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest (Third Edition)

By Robert H. Ruby, John A. Brown, Cary C. Collins Foreword by Clifford E. Trafzer University of Oklahoma Press Trade Paperback, 415 pages Illustrations, maps, suggested readings, tribal name pronu...

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Book Review:
Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity

By Andrew H. Fisher The Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture-Book Series in Western History and Biography Paperback, 337 pages Photographs, Notes, Bibliography, Index University of Washington Press ISBN 978...

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Book Review:
Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions

By Charlotte Coté Foreword by Micah McCarty Paperback, 273 pages Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index University of Washington Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-295-99046-0 $26.95

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Borst, Kate (1855-1938)

Kate Kanim Borst was a Native American woman who was the third wife of Snoqualmie Valley settler Jeremiah Borst. During her lifetime, she witnessed the transformation of the valley from prairies and I...

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Burke Museum (Seattle)

The Burke Museum, founded in 1885 by a group of teenage boys, is Washington's oldest museum. Since its inception, the museum has been part of the University of Washington, and has had various homes on...

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Cayuse Indians

The Cayuse Indians were once masters of a vast homeland of more than six million acres in what is now Washington and Oregon. The first of the Northwest tribes to acquire horses, they were relatively f...

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Cedar-Sammamish Watershed

The Cedar-Sammamish Watershed in King County comprises 692 square miles of mountains and valleys that have been shaped by environmental forces and by generations of human activities. The watershed, in...

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Century 21 World's Fair: Northwest Coast Indian Art Exhibit

The Fine Arts Pavilion on the grounds of Century 21, the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, was the site of a half-dozen distinct art exhibits during the fair's six-month run between April 21 and October 21. ...

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Chief Joseph (1840-1904)

Chief Joseph (1840-1904) was a leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe, who became famous in 1877 for leading his people on an epic flight across the Rocky Mountains. He was born in 1840 and...

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Chief Kamiakin (ca. 1800-1877)

Kamiakin was an influential chief of the Yakama Tribe, a reluctant signer of the 1855 treaty creating the Yakama Reservation, and a key tribal leader during the Indian Wars of 1855-1858. His imposing ...

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Chief Moses (1829-1899)

Chief Moses was the leader of the Columbia band of Indians, who gave his name to both Moses Lake and Moses Coulee. He was born in 1829, the son of a chief of this Central Washington tribe. His father ...

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Chief Seattle -- his Lushootseed name and other important words pronounced in Lushootseed by Vi Hilbert

In this sound recording, renowned Skagit elder Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) correctly pronounces Chief Seattle's name and other common names in Lushootseed, the language of the several Coast Salish peoples....

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Chief Seattle (Seattle, Chief Noah [born Si?al 178?-1866])

Chief Seattle, or si?al in his native Lushootseed language, led the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes as the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s. Baptized Noah by...

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Chief Seattle's Speech

In addition to his namesake city, Chief Seattle (178?-1866) is best remembered for a speech given, according to pioneer Dr. Henry Smith, on the occasion of an 1854 visit to Seattle of Isaac Stevens (1...

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Chief Spokane Garry (ca. 1811-1892)

Chief Spokane Garry was a chief of the Spokane Tribe whose long, and ultimately tragic life spanned the fur-trading, missionary, and white settlement eras of the region. His father, also a Spokane chi...

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Chirouse, Father Eugene Casimir (1821-1892)

Catholic missionary Eugene Casimir Chirouse, Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.), traveled from his native France to Oregon Territory with four Missionary Oblates and, after an arduous trip, arrived a...

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Coast Salish Camas Cultivation

Camas (Camassia spp) bulbs were harvested and baked as a sweet, fructose-rich food by Native Americans throughout the Great Basin and the Pacific Northwest. Camas meadows or "prairies" were often burn...

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Coast Salish Woolly Dogs

Weaving with spun yarns was a defining characteristic of pre-Contact Coast Salish civilization in the Salish Sea (the marine waterways of what are now Washington and British Columbia), together with t...

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Comcomly (1760s?-1830)

Comcomly was a leading figure among the Chinook Indian bands who lived along the lower Columbia River during the period of contact between Native American tribes and Euro-American fur traders. Comcoml...

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