Exhibit explores native food traditions

  • Tue Oct 30th, 2012 6:07pm
  • Life

The trend of buying, cooking and eating locally grown food is going native with a new exhibit that explores the renewal of local native food traditions.

The exhibit, “Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound,” opens Nov. 3 and runs through January at the Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip.

The essence of the exhibit sends the message that food is not solitary — cooking and eating are done with other people and can express cultural history and values.

Visitors to “Salish Bounty” can explore beautiful historic photos and a map and learn through text printed on free-standing banners.

The exhibit includes a four-minute DVD, offering archaeological insight into Coast Salish food resources spanning thousands of years along the Duwamish River, according to press material about the exhibit.

Visitors will discover that traditional Coast Salish cuisine contains more than 280 kinds of plants and animals as ingredients.

Visitors will learn how cooks who prepare contemporary Coast Salish dishes incorporate traditional and new ingredients, trying to help families and communities who are struggling with loss of land or changed lifestyles to learn alternative healthy ways to eat.

The Hibulb Center, along with the Natural History Preserve, is presenting this exhibit, which is co-curated by Burke Museum archaeologists and Coast Salish advisers.

Admission is free to tribal members, $10 general, $7 for seniors 50 and older, $6 for students, military and veterans, free to kids younger than 5. A family pass, for two adults and up to four children, is $25.

For more information, go to www.hibulbculturalcenter.org.

Herald staff