Suquamish Museum celebrates 30 years June 29

Suquamish celebrated the opening of its new museum in September 2012. The museum has a lecture hall and space for two exhibits.                  - Megan Stephenson / File
Suquamish celebrated the opening of its new museum in September 2012. The museum has a lecture hall and space for two exhibits.
— image credit: Megan Stephenson / File

SUQUAMISH — Films about the Suquamish Tribe’s past and present are the focus of festivities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Suquamish Museum.

“Come Forth Laughing,” the award-winning documentary featured alongside the Eyes of Chief Seattle exhibit at the 1983 museum opening, will be screened at 2 p.m. on June 29 at the House of Awakened Culture.

The screening will be followed by a presentation on the 2012 opening of the museum’s new facilities, as well as several short documentaries created by tribal youth as part of the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival’s SuperFly and Native Shorts Showcase.

“The Suquamish Museum opened [in 1983] as the first institution devoted to the study and interpretation of Puget Sound Salish history and culture,” Carey Caldwell, the museum’s first director said in a statement.

Its premiere exhibit, the Eyes of Chief Seattle, was developed by the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in cooperation with the Suquamish Tribal Cultural Center. It was showcased in Nantes, France and in Seattle before permanent exhibition in the Suquamish Museum until 2011.

“Come Forth Laughing” was produced in 1983 to accompany the exhibit and includes the oral histories of Suquamish Tribal Elders. The film was awarded a 1983 Silver Screen Award by the US Industrial Film Festival and the Special Merit Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.“The opening of the new facility in 2012 gave us the opportunity to incorporate additional images and Suquamish Elder voices to the ‘Come Forth Laughing’ production, that will continue to allow the piece to be a favorite for generations yet to come,” Museum Director Janet Smoak said.

The new Suquamish Museum facility, opened in September 2012, includes the Ancient Shores Changing Tides permanent exhibit, a rotating secondary exhibition hall, classroom facilities and the Leota Anthony Museum Store.

For more information on the Suquamish Museum, go to Details on the 2013 SIFF SuperFly and Native Shorts Showcase can be found at


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