SEATTLE – A city built on Native land, Seattle has strong historical and modern ties to the Coast Salish peoples and cultures. On Oct. 11, the city will celebrate the eighth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day in honor of Native peoples and communities past and present.
Seattle has a long and innately intertwined history with Native Americans. Since time immemorial, the ancestors of the Coast Salish peoples lived and cared for the land which we now know as Seattle. Visit Seattle recognizes that it inhabits the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, and honors the land itself and the Indigenous people who belong to this place.
From SEA Airport to the city center, there are many ways to engage with and learn from experiences of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Those visiting Seattle will have more opportunities to learn about the rich cultural history and modern realities of the Coast Salish peoples from the moment they step off the plane: The Port of Seattle Commission recently approved an effort proposed by a team of high-school interns to acquire Indigenous art of the Pacific Northwest region for display in the new International Arrivals Facility. This will join an extensive public art collection that already includes pieces by Native artists at the airport, Pier 69 and Centennial Park.
Visitors and residents alike are encouraged to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year in Seattle by supporting Native-owned businesses and learning about the city’s cultural heritage through activities and events.
For more suggestions on cultural centers, festivals and arts organizations that center Indigenous voices; a map of public art by Native American artists; and a list of suggested readings, go to Visit Seattle’s Support for Seattle’s Indigenous Community page.
Activities and Events:
Learn about in-person and virtual events to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day:
Support Native-Owned Businesses:
Find Native-owned businesses on Intentionalist or in the curated list below:
Visit the links below to learn more about Native peoples and cultures in the city, and how you can support their efforts:
About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Visit visitseattle.org.
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