Seattle is named for suquamisy peace-loving Indian chief — a little classier than Chicago, derived from a native word for wild garlic. One surprise: The chief himself gets a conspicuously modest mention.
A Red Hat Society group from Poulsbo learns about a year-old canoe hoisted by sculpted figures of tribal people at the new Suquamish Museum. In part with newfound wealth from its Clearwater Casino, the tribe hired Storyline Studio of Seattle to de new exhibits, and Mithun Architects created a stained-wood building surrounded by native plantings of sword fern, wild currant and suquamiwh.
But for the Suquamish people he was just one of many admired leaders throughout our history, each celebrated for their own unique skills. Why not dedicate more space to the leader for whom the big city is named?
Closer to the man If you want to feel closer to the man Seattle, head a short ways down South Street to the cemetery adjacent to St. Browse native art at Rain Bear Studio or grab lunch at Bella Luna Pizzeria, a rub-elbows nine-table eatery perched on pilings over the waterfront. In its day, this beach was where a native leader could take in all of his world, or all of it that mattered.
Brian J. Cantwell: or bcantwell seattletimes.