Northwest Art

Did you know you can visit Northwest Coast Salish and Northern Plateau art and cultural displays around the state?  Check out these unique collections.

Tillicum Village on Blake Island is set in a traditional longhouse where they serve traditionally alder smoked salmon meals and perform Coast Salish storytelling with traditional song and dance.

The Burke Museum is on the University of Washington campus and has a 125 year old collection of natural history and cultural of the Northwest and Pacific People. Visit the Pacific Voices Gallery to see artifacts, hear voices of tribal elders and ceremonies vital to the cultural identity of the Coast Salish people.

Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center is north of Seattle on I-5 in Marysville.  Visitors are greeted by carved Salish Tulalip figures to this exhibits of interactive displays, murals, story poles and videos that trace their history and culture.   The Center’s cedar longhouse was designed as a place to “keep their cultural fires burning” and features videos of tribal elders telling their stories.

The Makah Cultural Museum at Neah Bay is a 4 hour adventure to the far northwest tip of the state. Here you’ll find the 500 year old artifacts recovered from    the village of Ozette that tells the story of the Makah people. Sports fishermen come to Neah Bay to catch halibut and salmon.

Suquamish Museum on Agate Pass is a ferry ride from Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula.  This was the winter home of Chief Seattle and tribal home for Squamish people. The Chief’s grave and traditional Salish designed ‘Old Man House’ are part of the village.

The Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, Canada is on Vancouver Island. Totem Hall features an hallHistoric collections of Northwest Coast First Nations People works by Haida, Tsimshian and Salish master carvers. Around the perimeter of the hall are examples of masks, regalia and modern works.

Museum of Anthropology on the campus of University of British Columbia in Vancouver is housed in traditional Northwest Coast post and beam structures. Visit the Great Hall collection to see ten full-scale totem poles, Bill Reid's massive sculpture, "The Raven and the First Men" and other example of Haida figures.

You’ll find galleries featuring contemporary totem carvings, baskets and painting in Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver B.C. and in Alaska.

If your tour takes you to the east side of the Cascades you’ll find the history and culture of Northern Plateau Indian Nation captured in outstanding collections in these locations.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane features “the people of the river” display of Spokane and Colville tribal oral history, beadwork, baskets and clothing.

Yakama Nation Cultural Center is housed in a 76-foot-high stylized version of an ancient Yakama winter lodge. Go to the town of Toppenish to visit this museum that shows the Yakama Nations early way of life.

Chelan Co. History Museum & Pioneer Village in Cashmere has artifacts from the middle Columbia River and the lower Snake River including petro glyphs and pictographs believed to date to over ninety centuries ago.