“Preserving the Duwamish Cultural Landscape” is a free public outreach event of the Duwamish Longhouse Urban Reforestation Project sponsored by a King Conservation District grant. Park’s Plant Ecologists, Lisa Ciecko and Michael Yadrick, will provide insights into the native habitat restoration of Seattle’s green spaces by Seattle Parks & Recreation–cedars, cattails and more.

The Duwamish Tribe, Seattle Parks and other community partners are all working to restore native habitats that preserve the Duwamish cultural landscape for all to explore. The Duwamish Tribe is still here and its traditional stories provide a narrative for a deeper understanding of the indigenous land we all share and the bounty that awaits us as traditional habitats are restored.

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WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 10am to 4pm. Free

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106, 206-431-1582.

Fun day exploring the relationship between Duwamish culture and native habitat restoration. Talks, demo, food, storytelling & cultural programming. Stay all day or drop-in. To register, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725364 

A project that began in 2016 above the Duwamish Longhouse, invasive plants have been removed and native plants reintroduced. One of them, the Western redcedar has been used by the Duwamish People to make baskets, weave hats and traditional clothing. Duwamish tribal member, DeAnn Sackman Jacobson, will talk about how Duwamish ancestors harvested bark and other materials to make baskets and garments. She will demonstrate the process of preparing and weaving the bark. Brooke Alford of the Duwamish Hill Preserve will speak about the restoration of Duwamish Hill in Tukwila, their native plant nursery and volunteer opportunities. Native storyteller Roger Fernandes will share the Duwamish epic North and South Wind story associated with the Duwamish Hill site. Duwamish tribal member Blake Shelafoe will also share his own story about the Duwamish River.