Seattle Building Canoe Carving Center in South Lake Union to Showcase Native Culture
Last week, the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation held a ceremony to bless the construction of the new Canoe Carving Center, which is scheduled to break ground later this year on the shore of Lake Union. Mike Tulee, executive director of United Indians, hopes the new space will bring a much-needed Native presence to the heart of the city. The new structure will be a “contemporary interpretation of a longhouse,” with large timbers, cedar cladding, a large room for indoor carving, an overhang for outdoor carving, and a planted roof where blue camas will blossom each spring.https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-building-canoe-carving-center-in-slu-to-showcase-native-culture/?
Daniel Beekman Seattle Times:
“More than 150 years after Seattle’s government tried to ban Native residents and more than 50 years after Native activists embarked on a campaign to regain waterfront access in the city, a space dedicated to Coast Salish canoe culture is about to take shape on the shore of Lake Union.
The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation will hold a ceremony Friday to bless the construction of the new Canoe Carving House, which is scheduled to break ground later this year. The 1,200-square-foot structure on the western edge of Lake Union Park will be a place to carve, store, launch and educate visitors about traditional canoes made from cedar trees.”