Best Ways to Celebrate Native American History and Culture in Seattle

November 12, 2012 5:00 AM

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nativeamericanpottery Best Ways to Celebrate Native American History and Culture in Seattle

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Whether you want to share the event with co-workers at a great restaurant, shopping with a friend for great gifts or investing into the local history of Washington’s Native Americans with your family, the greater Seattle area offers some of the best places to celebrate Native American Heritage Month this year.

Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair
4705 W. Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 431-1582

Price: free
Hours: Nov. 22 to 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Strike two birds with one stone with this one. Celebrate National Indian Heritage Day and find wonderful native holiday gifts at the same time. The 4th Annual Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair offers the perfect opportunity to escape the crowded malls and support local artists and craft persons instead. Take advantage of free admission and parking for all shoppers.

Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve
6410 23rd Ave. NE
Tulalip, WA 98271
(360) 716-2600

Price: $10 adults 18 and older/$7 seniors 50 and older/$6 student 6 to 17 years/free children younger than 5/$25 family

There’s no better place to celebrate the month than at the Hibulb Cultural Center up north. The center is a treasure trove of history, culture and engaging exhibits. Take your family on a self-guided tour to learn about the Tulalip Tribe’s traditions. Special exhibits include Canoe Hall, which features canoes and archaeology from the surrounding area and “Warriors: We Remember,” about the early Indian military.

Related: Best Museum Exhibits to See this Fall in Seattle

Deception Pass State Park
41020 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 675-2417

Price: $10 one day pass per vehicle

Expect an eyeful visiting Deception Pass on Whidbey Island. First, the views from Deception Pass Bridge (part of Highway 20) are incredible, overlooking beautiful green seawater, beaches and miles of hiking. The state park spreads out over 4,000 acres including camping areas and three lakes. If you travel to the Fidalgo side, you’ll find the Maiden of Deception State Park, a wooden statue portraying Ko-kwal-alwoot, a young woman who sacrificed herself to save her tribe.

Ivar’s Salmon House
401 N.E. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-0767

While Tillicum Village may be the best place for an authentic Indian salmon dinner during the rest of the year, Ivar’s Salmon House makes a good substitute during the winter. A winner of the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, Ivar’s is set in a replica of a Northwest Native American longhouse. It features an open-pit barbecue, native art and offers alder-smoked seafood and chicken.
The Pacific Northwest Shop
2702 N. Proctor St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 752-2242

Find one of the largest selections of Native American arts and crafts at the Pacific Northwest Shop. Gift choices range from candle holders to throw rugs, trivets to jewelry, spirit boxes to miniature totem poles, and even temporary tattoos for the kids. The Pacific Northwest Shop also includes an incredible supply of specialty food items, home and garden decor, books and DVDs. You’ll find some of the best products made in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and even British Columbia right here.

Related: Best of the Taste of Tulalip

Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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