The Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

Lopez Island, San Juan County, Washington

2007 Exhibit

Carried By Canoe—A Native History of Lopez Island

Open Noon till 4, Wednesday through Sunday, May 5 through September 30

This story of the Straits Salish is told using many sources, including historical documents, oral history, the ethnographic work of Wayne Suttles, and conversations with members of the Samish Indian Nation and the Lummi Nation.

We also have some thrilling artifacts to share with you—a Coast Salish-style canoe built by Bill Holm (and used by Camp Nor'wester); baskets, gambling disks, a bark beater and several other ethnographic and archaeological items on loan from the Burke Museum; and dolls in Native dress made by Leslie Eastwood of the Samish Indian Nation.

Many artifacts donated to the museum by Lopez pioneer families also help tell the story. The exhibit works its way from time immemorial; past epidemics, raids, and the movement of winter villages; and finally to interactions with settlers.

If you are a history buff, armchair anthropologist, woodworker, textile artist, fisher, or are just interested in learning about the Straits Salish who have lived on Lopez, there are some fascinating displays here for you this summer.

Carried by Canoe sponsors: Steve & Michele Heller, Lopez Village Market, Islanders Insurance, Holly B's, Spencer's Landing Marina, Doug James Floor Coverings, Islands Marine Center, Islanders Bank, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Lopez Pharmacy, Spud & Karen Grimes, Keep It Clean Laundry, Island Paper, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Edenwild Inn, Lopez Kiwi Farm, Islandscape Nursery, Karen Rousseau, Dick & Mary Schoenman, Todd & Diane Goldsmith, Ken & Linda Rose, with additional support from Humanities Washington

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