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Seattle Histories: A Brief History of Block 17 in Pioneer Square

by Beverly Aarons In The Before In the spring of 1785, earthy toned mudflats glistened in the moonlight during low tide in the place called Sdzidzilalitch (little crossing-over place)i. Pacific tree frogs sang their mating chorus (kreck-ek, kreck-ek) in the marshy forest which brimmed with fir, oak, cedar and other… [ Keep reading ]

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Seattle Histories: Chinatown Childhood

by Betty Lau My earliest memories are of living in an old brick and wood building on the northeast corner of 5th Ave. S and S. Washington streets between the second (2nd Avenue) and third (King Street) Chinatowns. Chinese dock and cannery workers had lived on the waterfront, the original… [ Keep reading ]

Native American Heritage Month: yəhaw̓

yəhaw̓ is a collective of interdisciplinary Indigenous creatives who work to improve Indigenous mental and emotional health outcomes through art-making, community building, and equitable creative opportunities for personal and professional growth. Their work centers the voices of Indigenous women, youth, and Two Spirit individuals with the intention of giving all… [ Keep reading ]

Native American Heritage Month: Seattle Indian Health Board Traditional Medicine Garden

Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a community health center that provides health and human services to its patients while specializing in the care of Native people. They are recognized as a leader in the promotion of health improvement for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives, locally and nationally. Founded… [ Keep reading ]

Urban Native Education Alliance Youth Project 3: Honoring Indigenous Warriors

Honoring Indigenous Warriors Turbulence. Of the flight there. Of the crowds in the airport, on the National Mall, among the letters of history written on granite walls. Of past strife and accomplishments. Of the year 2020, and onto 2021, onto indefinite. But turbulence is just the thrill of the story,… [ Keep reading ]

Urban Native Education Alliance Youth Project 2: Winyan Voice

Winyan Voice (Lakota for Women’s Voices) Words and art by Jazell Jenkins, Lailani Norman, and Kayla Harstad To me, being a Native is taking a lead in the Native community, and giving back to it, incorporating Native traditions in your everyday life practices. It’s the little things that matter. It’s… [ Keep reading ]

Urban Native Education Alliance Youth Project 1: Indistinct Nurture

Indistinct Nurture Words and art by Asia Gellien, Joseph Aleck, Gia Tran, Cat Tetrick Our work is titled Indistinct Nurture. There are different backgrounds of what we’ve collected for this and what we did in our own time and collective growth. This piece is inspired by the National Art Gallery… [ Keep reading ]

Native American Heritage Month: Off the Rez Food Truck and Café

Mark McConnell grew up eating traditional recipes made by his mother on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Now in Seattle, he and his partner, Cecilia Rikard, are the owners of the well-loved Off the Rez Food Truck and Off the Rez Café at the Burke Museum. They have blended flavors from their Native heritage, such as frybread and succotash, to make… [ Keep reading ]

Native American Heritage Month: Keeping the Lushootseed Language Alive

If you turned the clock back several hundred years, you would be surrounded by Coast Salish peoples speaking Lushootseed. Would you know how to say hello? ʔi čəxʷ or haʔɫ sləx̌il (Tulalip Lushootseed). Though the language has evolved to reflect a changing world, you could still use that greeting to say hello to thousands of people today. But Lushootseed, like many native languages,… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team: Forging a Tradition One Step at a Time

by Dr. Marie Rose Wong Chinese American History in Context On 8 May 1882, the 47th United States Congress passed Chinese Exclusion Law in what would be the first significant piece of federal immigration legislation and the only such law that was based solely on race. During its enforcement, the law had seen several revisions and additions with each one being more restrictive in determining which Chinese immigrants would be allowed… [ Keep reading ]