*This is the word for Snoqualmie in Lushootseed language (Whulshootseed, Puget Sound Salish)
A remarkable mountain goat blanket is the focal point in the Museum's newly opened Snoqualmie Room. Centered
in a display case filling one wall, a cone shaped, tightly woven cedar bark hat sits above the draped blanket. Baskets
on display were given in the past to Ada Hill, museum founder, examples of those created as part of the Snoqualmie tribal culture. Many
of the baskets incorporated striking designs, others were unadorned. Many were working baskets, others used for exchange of gifts,
trade or resale.
Other artifacts in the case include examples of typical stone tools, all discovered in Snoqualmie Valley farm
fields and river banks. The tools include a mortar and pestle, adz head, fish killer and a primitive working tool
uncovered recently in the River Bend area of North Bend.
panels in the Gallery show the chronological story of the Snoqualmies, evolving from early traditional culture to the
present. Drawings of cedar winter and summer homes, tools of cedar and stone, and food gathering methods describe
life before the arrival of early settlers.
Historical photos of Chief Patkanim, his daughter Susie, Chief Jerry Kanim and local turn of the century tribe
members are displayed. According to Chief Jerry Kanim, his uncle Chief Patkanim, was a great leader because he had received
the Mountain Goat for a spirit, which underlines the importance of the goat blanket on display.
It is said that the goats furnishing the wool were found near rocky slopes in the mountains and were hunted with bow and arrows.
The spinning was done with a spindle and whorl and woven on an upright loom.
Completing the Snoqualmie Story is a copy of the Snoqualmie Tribe Mission Statement and a maple canoe paddle crafted by contemporary Canoe Family youth.
A step into the room evokes a feeling of continuity and change, adding an important piece to the telling of the history of the Snoqualmie Valley.
Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum PO Box 179 • North Bend, WA 98045
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