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A green and white button blanket featuring the Burke logo and an eagle breaking free of chains

Members of the Native American Cultural Group at the Washington State Reformatory Unit in Monroe recently created a very special button blanket for the Museum.

Green/blue Tsimshian frontlet on black background

In her research, curator Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse considers not only the visual aspects of historical Native art, but also the intangible properties to which they are connected.

Black and white photo of a woman dancing the "feather dance" in Franz Boas 1930 film

A collaborative project to reunite existing archival media from far-flung institutions into a new digital whole, shaped by and integrated with active cultural knowledge by Kwag’uł contributors.

The Sugpiat community’s traditional Angyaaq boat is reconstructed and leaves shore for the first time in over a century.

Burke Museum visitors examine the blanket found to contain woolly dog fur.

A small tear in a blanket revealed a rare piece of history hiding in plain sight.

Artist Aaron Parker painting

Aaron Parker's and Chris Cunningham's premiered their live art performance, ƛ’ix̌aq: Animal Skin, at the Burke Museum

Burke archaeologists are working to preserve ancestral artifacts owned by the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in the North Cascades. 

UW Pacific Islander students used their experience as Burke researchers to decode Oceanic objects and traditions in Disney's Moana

Columbia River at Kennewick

Information about the remains known as Kennewick Man/The Ancient One, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America. 

Beginning 4,000 years ago, people shifted from living solely on wild foods to farming and raising domestic animals. Why did this change occur?

More than fifty years ago, a 25-foot-long dugout canoe was found eroding out of a muddy bank of the Green River.

Highlighting and celebrating the heritage of Native peoples in our state, region and country.

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