Suquamish tribal members visit the Philippines

“Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” participants in the Suquamish Museum include Janet Everts Smoak, Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch, Arvin Acosta, Carmelita Acosta, Robert Arevalo, Mariel Francisco, Enrico Cabiguen, Mimi Cabral, Jun Cayron, Mary Barnes, Lace Thornberg. (Photo by Wade Trenbeath)

Seven representatives of the Suquamish Tribe went to the Philippines at the end of January. Over the course of eight days, they visited communities on Palawan Island to learn about the archaeological history of the island, as well as its modern day challenges to preserve natural resources in the face of tremendous growth in both tourism and development.

The visit was part of the “Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” project that is part of the “Museums Connect” program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The goal of the program is to strengthen connections and understanding between people in the United States and abroad. This is done through innovative, museum-based exchanges that address critical needs or timely issues in museums’ local communities and help museums better serve the public.

Last October, a Filipino delegation visited the Suquamish Tribe. (end)

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