Parkways Blog: Seattle Parks and Recreation and United Indians of All Tribes Excited About Advances in Native Northwest Canoeing …
Seattle Park and Recreation (SPR) and the United Indians of All Tribes (UIATF) are pleased to announce that the design of the Canoe Carving House, as part of the Northwest Native Canoe Center, is moving forward with the goal of ‘To be under construction in 2022 The community-initiated project will celebrate the canoe culture that is dominant among coastal tribes in the Pacific Northwest and will be located on the western shore of Lake Union at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N. The facility will have a green roof and will provide space for an ongoing Native American canoe carving program and storage space for canoes that will be hand-launched into the lake during opening hours. The docents will also explain the skills and beliefs of the Native Americans of the Northwest used over generations in canoe building.
âThis first phase of the Northwest Native Canoe Center (the Canoe Carving House) has been a dream of ours for many years,â said Mike Tulee, Executive Director of IUATF. âThe installation is directly in line with our mission and will provide educational and cultural opportunities that will reconnect indigenous peoples to their heritage and strengthen their sense of belonging. “
The Northwest Native Canoe Center is part of the Lake Union Park management plan. SPR helped finance the project through the 2008 Parks and Green Space Opportunities Fund and engaged Jones & Jones Architects to design the project. UIATF secured additional funding for the Carving Canoe House.
âFirst of all, I would like to acknowledge that this project will be built on the shore of Lake Union, the traditional lands and waters of the Duwamish people. The building will be a celebration of Coast Salish canoe culture and remind people of our Indigenous communities, past, present and future, âsaid JesÃºs Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. âI would like to thank United Indians of All Tribes for their excellent partnership and for creating an educational opportunity for all that strengthens the bond with the original inhabitants of this land. The Northwest Native Canoe Center incorporates the values ââof fairness, d opportunity, access and sustainability. We are delighted to enter the construction phase of this project. “
The entire center will include the Canoe Carving House and the Welcome House. The hospitality house will offer educational interactive exhibits, a gift shop, catering kitchen and a multi-purpose space for cultural events. UIATF is launching fundraising efforts for the Welcome House part of the project. Please visit the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation website to contribute-UnitedIndians.org. Once the funding is obtained, SPR and UIATF will go ahead with the second phase of the Center.
For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/northwest-native-canoe-center or contact David Graves at [email protected]
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