Cuyonon and Suquamish meet

Ancient Shores Changing Tides participants paid a visit to the Suquamish Museum. From left, Brooke Leonard, Janet Everts Smoak, Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch, Arvin Acosta, Carmelita Acosta, Robert Arevalo, Mariel Francisco, Enrico Cabiguen (2nd row), Mimi Cabral, Jun Cayron (2nd row), Mary Barnes, Lace Thornberg. (Photo by Wade Trenbeath)

A reception to welcome heritage advocates from Palawan Island, Philippines, was held Oct. 25 at the Burke Museum in Seattle, as part of the museum’s “Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” year-long cultural exchange between the Cuyonon and Suquamish cultures. The highlights of the Cuyonon delegation’s visit included tours of the Burke Museum and Suquamish Museum, a visit to Chief Seattle’s gravesite, visits to archaeological sites on the Olympic Peninsula, and a fishing trip with members of the Suquamish Tribe. The journey culminated in a traditional foods feast, where artifacts from the Old Man House collection, which has been held in trust at the Burke Museum, will be transferred to the Suquamish Museum. Following the Cuyonon delegation visit to Washington, the Suquamish delegates are set to travel to the Philippines in January 2014. By summer 2014, each community will have created an exhibit that will enhance their community’s tourist appeal. (end)

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