Mother of the
The legend of the mother and wolf children describe the origin of the village on Sequim Bay.
She is carved with her digging stick and harvested clams, a delicacy, and important resource for the Tribe throughout history.
From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gilles and Ed Charles. Volunteer carvers: Harry Burlingone and Don Walsh.
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382
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The summer homes of the Coastal and Puget Sound Indians were temporary lodges built of bushes or bark. Little shelter was needed except during the winter when the weather was cold and rainy for long periods of time, then permanent houses were built. Cedar planks two or three feet wide and from three to six inches thick were cut using wedges made of elkhorn or with chisels of beaver teeth and flint. From these planks and logs rectangular houses 40 to 100 feet or more in length and 14 to 20 feet wide were built with a roof structure similar to tiles. The roof slats could be adjusted to let out the smoke from the cooking fire and let in light. The only opening other than a single door (generally placed at the ends of the houses) was along the left ridgepole to permit the escape of smoke. Windows would have let the cold air in. These long cedar plank houses were always situated by a stream or river and accommodated a number of families, each with its own small fire in the shallow excavating which ran lengthwise down the middle. They would keep the fire going day and night; and if it did go out, they would whirl a stick in dry cedar until it began to smoke and then put on cedar bark. The floor was dirt, and from the ceiling dried foods and roots would be hung.
Longhouses of the northern-most Coastal Indians were often, decorated on the outside with paintings or carvings. These designs weren't just for show. Just by looking at the designs, you could tell what the family history was and you could tell what clan the family was from. This decoration wasn't always just on the outside of the longhouse. Inside the homes of some high-ranking families there were poles that were as beautifully carved as the ones on the outside.
Bunks lined the walls and the four or five feet of earthen floor between them and the fire was the living space of the family.
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