Tulalip tribes Cultural Center is welcome newcomer to area

What a joy to discover a great new museum in my backyard!  The Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center opened in August.  A friend got an early peek when invited to tour with a party of blogger journalists.  She reported that it was a beautiful place to visit, so two other friends and I took the hour drive north to see for ourselves.  She was right.

There was an intentionality about everything we saw, which is why I’m sure the exterior design had significance even though I wasn’t sure what it was.

museum entry doors

The finest materials went into the construction of the building, from the colorful slate floors to a longhouse that filled our lungs with the  redolence of cedar.

Two welcoming poles greeted us.  You can’t see it in this photo, but the base of the pole on the right is

encircled by school bus designs, which represent one part of the center’s mission, to “preserve the legacy of cultural values” for a younger generation, by giving school tours and engaging children in tribal history and culture.

Museum displays show how cedar trees and fishing supported the tribes in the past, and describe the effects of treaties on earlier generations and the present one, education in government schools, and current tribal governance and operations.  I learned that intellectual property rights was a concept familiar to the tribes long before present-day lawyers started thinking about the issue.  “Our songs, dances, stories, basket designs and carvings are owned by certain families and are used only with their permission. Ownership of this knowledge may be given by families to particular family members, other selected people or the whole tribe.”  After reading this I wasn’t surprised to learn that the tribes are “working with the World Intellectual Property Organization to draft tribal law to protect our tribal and customary rights to property and intellectual property, and our trademarks and copyrights.”

If you live in the area, I recommend a field trip to this not-yet-discovered museum to breathe in Tulalip history as well as the scent of cedar.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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1 Response to Tulalip tribes Cultural Center is welcome newcomer to area

  1. Jill Turnell says:

    Great photos! Thanks for including them. It adds to the quality of your “essay”.

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