Course Description

Artwork of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes of central Puget Sound reflects an inter-dependence with the natural world. This ecological ethic encompasses every aspect of the artistic process as demonstrated through ancient artifacts made of wood, bark, roots and textile fibers. These natural materials were transformed into elegant carvings, baskets, weavings and architecture that still carry knowledge through generations. We will examine historical utilitarian art from tribes of the Puget Sound area and learn about their cultural, spiritual and environmental significance.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of historical Coast Salish art in the Puget Sound region.
  • Be able to analyze ways in which local tribes' relationship to the natural world is demonstrated through the process of their art-making.
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