A Closer Look at the Duwamish Tribe
In 1851, when the first European-Americans arrived at Alki Point, the Dkhw’Duw’Absh occupied at least 17 villages, living in over 90 longhouses, along Elliott Bay, the Duwamish River, the Cedar River, the Black River (which no longer exists), Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Lake Sammamish.
The name “Duwamish” is an Anglicization of Dkhw’Duw’Absh. In the Puget Sound Salish language Lushootseed, Dkhw’Duw’Absh means “The People of the Inside”. This name refers to Elliott Bay, the Duwamish River, and the other rivers, lakes, and waterways that connect our Dkhw’Duw’Abshancestral homeland.
Life on the Duwamish: Rediscovering Seattle’s Dirty South (audio series)
By Jessica Partnow, Common Language Project
Take this great Audio Tour produced by the Common Language Project which includes segments on:
First Peoples of the Duwamish
South Seattle’s history starts long before the city was founded. For generations, Native American villages dotted the banks of the Duwamish River. In this segment of “Life on the Duwamish,” Jessica Partnow explores the Native history of Seattle that is right under our feet.
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY
Tribal canoes landing at Alki during Paddle to Squaxin 2012
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