The Suquamish are a Lushootseed (Puget Salish) speaking people that traditionally lived along the Kitsap Peninsula, including Bainbridge and Blake Islands, across Puget Sound from present Seattle. Many of the present Suquamish live on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in the reservation towns of Suquamish and Indianola. Today the town of Suquamish is home to a world class new museum, culture center for Native American history and culture, Clearwater Casino Resort, White Horse Golf Course & Club House, Kiana Lodge host of memorable events and weddings.
The beautiful new Suquamish Museum
and Cultural Center are located just up the hill from the Old-Man-House village
site, Suquamish Memorial and restores Chief Seattle Grave Site. Set in a natural landscape of native plants the 9,000 sf space reflects the traditional Big
House architecture of the Coast Salish and houses
the Suquamish Tribes collections of artifacts, photographs and
manuscripts. The public areas offer permanent and temporary Exhibition
spaces, Research space, Education rooms, and a Museum Store. Click for information about visiting and events.
On the shores of Agate Pass in Suquamish is a small site called Old Man House Park. If you want to trace the history of Kitsap Peninsula, this is an excellent place to begin your journey. The major Suquamish winter village was at Old Man House on the shoreline of Agate Passage at d’suq’wub meaning “clear salt water.” The Suquamish name translates into the “people of the clear salt water.”
For the Salish Tribes of the Puget Sound, a single large building served as the center of the community, a place for community living and major events. The original home of the Suquamish, Old Man House, was over 600 feet long and stood in what is now Old Man House Park. The House served our people for generations before being burned down by the government in 1870 following the death of our leader, Chief Seattle.
Today, the center of the Suquamish cultural resurgence is the new Suquamish Community House, sgwÓ™dzadad qÓ™Å‚ ?altxw -The House of Awakened Culture, modeled after its historic predecessor the Old Man House. The new 13,169 square foot Suquamish Community House, shown above, features
traditional-style architecture and materials, such as eight house posts
carved in the Coastal Salish style and cedar siding. Like Old Man House,
it is located on the waterfront in Suquamish.
The Community House and its adjoining outdoor area is used for a wide
variety of community-building programs that teach and celebrate our
living culture. Community members can participate in Lushootseed
language classes, traditional weaving and carving.
Suquamish Tribe Canoe Journey
The sgwÓ™dzadad qÓ™Å‚ ?altxw was the center of the 2009 Tribal Canoe Journey Hosting. The Tribe hosted more than 10,000 people from all over the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska.
Youth Canoe Journey
trainings, regalia making, and song and dance practice in the Community
House. In addition, the Tribe, its guests and others will use the
Community House as a location for traditional ceremonies and modern
celebrations that mark life's milestones, such as honoring, graduations,
family reunions, weddings and funerals.