◗ How are traditions passed down in your
family or community?
◗ Connection to the water is a key part of
Coast Salish culture. What are important
aspects of your own culture or family?
◗ What do you think is the signifi cance of
the Canoe Journeys that started in the
late 1980s to Coast Salish peoples?
◗ Learn more about Coast Salish canoes
online at washington.edu/burkemuseum/
◗ Watch a clip from the 2007 Canoe Journey
hosted by the Lummi Nation on the
Seattle Art Museum’s interactive Web
Under “Gifts of the Earth” look for the
section called “Revitalizing Canoe Culture.”
◗ Take your family to the 2009 Tribal
Journey to Suquamish. Find out more at
Discover the gifts of family, tradition and nature as we explore
Coast Salish culture through ancient and contemporary art
and artifacts. This four-week series is brought to you by
Newspapers In Education and Seattle Art Museum.
Teens! Celebrate fresh perspectives from young stars of local Native communities
during SAM’s ARTattack: Teen Night Out, Seattle Sound. ARTattack is a fun cultural party
for teens, by teens. Check it out Friday, November 14, 2008 from 6 – 9 p.m. at
SAM downtown. Find out more online at seattleartmuseum.org.
Gifts of our Families
Like many cultures around the world, Coast Salish
First Peoples of Washington state and British
Columbia strongly value family. Coast Salish
families are defi ned both by the father’s and the
mother’s ancestors and are organized into groups
called “kindreds,” meaning “groups of related
people.” Traditionally, Coast Salish families lived
in large cedar plank houses and were identifi ed
by shared family names. Unfortunately, these
traditional ways of living were greatly altered by
contact with non-Native peoples. For example,
during the 18th and 19th centuries, devastating