Honoring the Coast Salish People

The Coast Salish people are of fundamental importance to the heritage of Edmonds. We’re working to celebrate that history with a cedar panel carving by Ty Juvenil, a Native American artist with the Tulalip tribes.

The carving depicts Coast Salish natives using the marsh along the waterfront of what is now Edmonds. The tribes used the marsh in the summer months for salmon and crustacean fishing, and for harvesting reeds and medicinal plants. Many different Coast Salish tribes used the marsh and met there to seek marriage partners and engage in tribal diplomacy.

The carving is in the unique style of the Coast Salish people. Cultural leaders with the Tulalip, Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes are enthusiastic about the work and the city’s recognition of their history. So, too, are cultural leaders in Edmonds, where we already have a bounty of public art.

 The carving will be placed in front of the museum in our Reflection Plaza and landscaped in a natural setting evoking the marsh.

Thousands of visitors to the museum and the Summer Market will admire and wonder about the carving. We are grateful to the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation for contributing $30,000 for the carving.  If you would like to help us complete the project,
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