‘Salish Bounty’ exhibit opens in Packwood next week

The Chronicle, CentraliaApril 14, 2014 

The Chronicle (Centralia)

White Pass Country Museum, along with Friends of the Packwood Timberland Library, will have an exhibit from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, “Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound.”

The exhibit opens at the Packwood museum April 26 and will run through July 6. It was co-curated by Burke Museum archaeologists and Coast Salish advisers.

“Salish Bounty” provides a local perspective on many 21st-century food issues and how, as in many places around the world, the revival of Coast Salish food traditions embodies the re-establishment of more healthful and sustainable practices.

The exhibit is composed of historical photographs, maps and informative text printed on free-standing banners. It also includes a short DVD, offering historical insight into Coast Salish food resources spanning thousands of years along the Duwamish River.

Knowledge of Coast Salish cuisine has been passed down from elders and supplemented by archaeological and historical research. More than 280 kinds of plants and animals have been identified as cuisine ingredients.

Also on view will be items from the White Pass Country Museum’s collection of Native American artifacts.

White Pass Country Museum is at 12990 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood.

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