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Indigenous People’s Community Day

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Join us for Indigenous People's Community Day


November 19, 2023




Seattle Aquarium

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Join us as we welcome members of the Indigenous community! Explore the Aquarium’s habitats and enjoy a variety of fun cultural activities, including tales from Indigenous storytellers.

See below for the full event schedule.

Storyteller: Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence (Suquamish) is a tribal elder and a traditional storyteller. She has a passion for and deep knowledge of Suquamish and Coast Salish history, culture, politics and archaeology. Raised near Seattle on the Suquamish Port Madison Indian Reservation, she was very involved in the conception of the Canoe Journeys through her appointment to the Washington Centennial Commission. Barbara has served on several state advisory boards, committees, commissions and task forces that bridge tribal and state interests. She currently works for the Suquamish Tribal Education Department. Barbara is the mother of four adult children and the Kiyah (grandmother) to 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Storytelling with her grandchildren is her favorite pastime.

Event schedule

  • 10am All About Our Washington Waters 
    Window on Washington Waters 
  • 10:30am Storytelling Presentation
    Puget Sound Hall   
  • 10:45am All About Our Harbor Seals 
    Harbor seal habitat 
  • 11am Storytelling Presentation
    Puget Sound Hall   
  • 11:30am All About Our Marine Mammals
    Harbor seal, sea otter or northern fur seal habitat 
  • 11:45am All About Our Washington Waters
    Window on Washington Waters   
  • 12:15pm All About Our Washington Waters 
    Window on Washington Waters   
  • 1:15pm Special Guest Presentation
    Puget Sound Hall
  • 1:45pm Storytelling Presentation
    Puget Sound Hall 

  • 2:15pm All About Our Sea Otters 
    Sea otter habitat    
  • 3pm All About Our Washington Waters 
    Window on Washington Waters   
  • 3:30pm Cultural Demonstration With Muckleshoot Canoe Family
    Puget Sound Hall  
  • 3:45pm All About Our Northern Fur Seals 
    Northern fur seal habitat    
  • 4pm Cultural Demonstration With Tlalokan
    Puget Sound Hall  
  • 4:45pm All About Our Sea Otters 
    Sea otter habitat

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. (Find a Connections program partner: Seattle Aquarium Connections program community partner list.)

To learn about other available discounts, please visit our tickets, discounts and group rates page.


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