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Tillicum Village

Tillicum Village

Tillicum Village is a Seattle tourist destination that highlights the Northwest Coast Native Americans and gives a glimpse into their culture. While on the touristy side, a trip to Tillicum Village does provide a variety of fun and interesting experiences and a tasty traditional Northwest meal.

First, you have to get to Blake Island, which is a tiny island about 8 miles from downtown Seattle that is only accessible by boat. As with any boat ride in the area, there is lots of scenery to take in, along with awesome views of the Seattle skyline.

The entire island is a densely wooded state park, with lots of hiking trails, beaches and campsites. Blake Island is a destination all by itself, but you have to procure your own boat to get there if you are not on the Tillicum Village cruise. It is believed that Blake Island was the birthplace of Chief Seattle, a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes after whom the city of Seattle was named.

Once you are at the island, you are served a traditional salmon bake in the longhouse. Following the meal is a show called Dance on the Wind, which features Northwest Coast Native songs, dance and stories. The performers wear masks and attire typical of the native tribes in the area.

Raven Mask

After the performance, you do get a little bit of time to walk the trails and beaches of Blake Island, though it is definitely worth a return trip to spend an entire day exploring the island.