Indigenous Culture at UW

UW’s Office of Tribal Relations coordinates the government to government relationship between the University of Washington and American Indian tribes across Washington state and northwest region.

The Burke Museum’s outdoor installation Guests of the Great River greets visitors as they arrive at the museum’s east entrance.

UW’s Burke Museum curates an impressive gallery of Northwest Native art, as well as a collection of Indigenous artifacts that one can watch museology experts curate through glass partitions. 

  • The Burke Museum Native American Advisory Board provides essential advice and direction as to the Burke Museum’s efforts in a number of important areas including exhibits, collections, community outreach, repatriation, education, research, and collaborative relations with tribal and museum programs.

UW Native Life centralizes the many Native-focused resources available on the University of Washington’s campus in Seattle.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House– This longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.

UW Lecturer Tami Hohn writes the word ‘alive’ in Southern Lushootseed. Photo: Mark Stone, June 2020.

Southern Lushootseed language courses were added to UW’s world languages offerings in 2019 through the efforts of lecturer and Puyallup tribal member Tami Hohn. The language was once spoken widely by the Coast Salish peoples and has distinct Northern and Southern dialects. Read more in UW Magazine.

First Nations @ UW is an undergraduate intertribal registered student organization at the University of Washington in Seattle. They host events both on and off campus with the intention of educating the community about Native cultures, spreading awareness to issues affecting the Native community and upholding our respective customs and traditions.

The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute seeks to support the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples to achieve full and complete health and wellness by collaborating in decolonizing research and knowledge building and sharing.

Related: Meet Leo Egashira, research coordinator for the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute 

A Memorandum of Understanding Between Northwest Regional Tribes and University of Washington was enacted for the purpose of enhancing and sustaining the government-to-government relationship between the participating tribes and the UW.

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach