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Seattle Pacific University is made up of three campuses: the main campus on Queen Anne Hill in metropolitan Seattle, the Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, and the Blakely Island Field Station on Blakely Island. These three campuses have been inhabited by others before becoming part of Seattle Pacific. The Queen Anne hill campus is part of lands originally inhabited by the Duwamish. The Casey Conference Center area is part of lands originally inhabited by the Swinomish. Blakely Island was part of territory originally inhabited by the Samish. This guide contains materials about these three groups and resources about the Coast Salish, the cultural and linguistic group to which these three groups belong.
SPU's main campus on Queen Anne hill is located on lands originally inhabited by the Duwamish Tribe. The following are resources about the Duwamish.
SPU's Casey Conference Center is located on Whidbey Island, on lands originally inhabited by the Swinomish tribe. The following are resources about the Swinomish.
SPU's Blakely Island Field Station is located on Blakely Island, on lands originally inhabited by the Samish tribe. The following are resources about the Samish.
All three tribal groups - the Duwamish, Suquamish, and Samish - are part of what is known as the Coast Salish. The Coast Salish are a group of culturally and linguistically linked indigenous peoples who have lived and continue to live in Washington state and British Columbia, around the Salish Sea (Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia). The following resources are about the Coast Salish more generally; some aspects of the material may apply to the Duwamish, Suquamish, and Samish, but some aspects may apply to other groups of Coast Salish.