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Indigenous Community Day

Indigenous Community Day

When Sunday, November 13 at 9:30am–5pm

Join us as we welcome members of the Indigenous community to celebrate traditional knowledge during the worldwide Rock Your Mocs unity week. Enjoy special presentations from two Indigenous storytellers as well as our regularly scheduled daily talks. Regular admission prices apply.

Discounts and complimentary tickets

  • We are offering a $10 discount—an increase to our everyday $2 discount—to tribal members, First Nations and Indigenous people visiting on Indigenous Community Day. Discounts available only at the Aquarium’s admission gate. (To learn about other available discounts, please visit our discounts and group rates page.)
  • The Seattle Aquarium Connections program provides complimentary admission tickets and discounted memberships through community partner organizations. New and existing partner organizations can visit our Connections program page for more information. Individuals who receive complimentary tickets through this program can visit us using the walk-up admission line for the next available time slot. Advance reservations are unavailable. (Find a Connections program partner: Seattle Aquarium Connections program community partner list.)

Photo:

Killer Whale Pod of Many Nations
Odin Lonning, 2006
(carved cedar with acrylic)

Created as a tribute to endangered killer whales and costal tribes from Puget Sound to Alaska, Odien Lonning’s Killer Whale Pod of Many Nations panel symbolizes the enduring bond between First Nations and killer whales, regarded as sacred by many Northwest Native peoples. From left to right, the whales exemplify Tlingit, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish motifs.

This piece was made possible by a Native Arts grant from the Potlatch Fund.

Text by Ann Stateler & Odin Lonning.

Storyteller Lois Ann Landgrebe

Storyteller Lois Ann Landgrebe

Lois Ann Landgrebe was born in Seattle. She says, “My family tree is unique and it’s important in our Snohomish culture to state family member names, as we did at our longhouse gatherings long ago, during our oral traditional times. My family on my mother’s side are the Henrys. My maternal grandmother was Duwamish from the Jackson family and a descendant of Chief Seattle. On my birthfather side, I am Nez Perce. We have never met but I am from the Bob family. I was relinquished at birth and was adopted out at 1 year old to a white Coast Guard family. The Berreths are my adopted family. I was reunited with my tribal birth mom, Carol McKay (Henry) at 21 years old.”

Lois enrolled into the Tulalip Tribes as an adult and got to know her people’s history and background through being hired as the first Tulalip Tribal member to learn and teach the endangered language, Lushootseed, in 1994.

Storyteller Itsa Shash

Storyteller Itsa Shash

Itsa Shash is an Indipino storyteller, poet and musician descended from Apache, Nahua, Chichimeca and Filipino peoples. Itsa has been sharing social stories and music nationwide since he was 4 years old. He says, “It is a means to celebrate culture, empower community and share wisdom and joy.”

Event Schedule

Please Note: Schedule subject to change

 

Time

Activity and Location

10am All About Our Washington Waters
Window on Washington Waters
10:15am Storyteller Lois Ann Landgrebe
Puget Sound Hall
10:45am All About Our Harbor Seals
Harbor seal habitat
11:15am Storyteller Lois Ann Landgrebe
Puget Sound Hall
11:30am All About Our Marine Mammals
Harbor seal, sea otter or northern fur seal habitat (location varies)
11:45am All About Our Washington Waters
Window on Washington Waters
12:15pm All About Our Washington Waters 
Window on Washington Waters
1pm All About Our Northern Fur Seals
Northern fur seal habitat
1:15pm All About Our Washington Waters
Window on Washington Waters
1:30pm Storyteller Itsa Shash
Puget Sound Hall
2:15pm All About Our Sea Otters
Sea otter habitat
2:30pm Storyteller Itsa Shash
Puget Sound Hall
3pm All About Our Washington Waters
Window on Washington Waters
4pm All About Our Marine Mammals
Harbor seal, sea otter or northern fur seal habitat (location varies)
4:45pm All About Our Sea Otters
Sea otter habitat