First, I love the art of the original inhabitants of the Pacific NW and Alaska. The Suquamish display here some incredible examples of both traditional and modern work.
Second, I enjoy history and, with the recent installation of a long timeline, the museum has completed a perfect mix of ways to tell their story which includes ancient artifacts, slideshows of crafts being produced, food gathered, hunted and caught; a sophisticated multi-projector video production called "Come Forth Laughing" full of historical documents and photos; and the elements of the building's interior space that simulate parts of a traditional village longhouse, such as the massive house posts at the entrance. The longhouse is where stories were often passed on from elders to youth. One of the most famous of the longhouses of the Suquamish was near the site of the museum, estimates of it size vary from 600 to 1000 feet in length, considered to be the largest in Washington sate, and was called "Old Man House". Archaeologists believe the site was occupied for 2000 years. It is where Chief Seattle lived in post-treaty days. In 1870 the U.S. government burned it in an attempt to force the Suquamish there to spread out and take up agriculture.
Third, it's a new museum, and has managed to acquire the funds to create a 21st century facility without the technology being too much in your face, a masterful accomplishment.
Lastly, this video is a result of a recent CreativeLive course in output for Lightroom taught live online by Laura Shoe who inspired this normal still photographer to take the next step and turn the shots in his files for Suquamish Museum into a video slideshow with great background music from a friend and local musician, Mark Lewis, who wrote and performed the selection used, "Softly", a piano piece. You can learn more about Mark at marklewismusic.com/.
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