First on the Waterways: The Puyallup People


The Foss Waterway Seaport presents a new exhibit exploring the history of the Puyallup People and their intimate connection to the Salish Sea and the Puyallup River, opening February 15, 2018. For millennia, the Puyallup people have lived by, traveled on, and drawn sustenance from local waterways.

The Puyallup maintained strong connections to Puget Sound, the Puyallup River, and the creeks and streams that feed into it. The exhibit shows the historical and traditional connections between the Puyallup people and the waterways, how the tribe persevered in maintaining those connections, and what the relationship looks like today.

The exhibit highlights the life of the Puyallup People in the South Sound, including canoe building and fishing technique, resource utilization, diet, recreation, world view, and contact with other tribes and later explorers. To tell this story accurately, the exhibit content has been developed in partnership with local members of the Puyallup Tribe.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15 - Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
  • Location: 705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA
First on the Waterways: The Puyallup People