Steilacoom John & Annie


Steilacoom John & Annie, an image from the UW Libraries Digital Collection.

Notes from the UW site...
Steilacoom John was a leader of the Steilacoom Tribe which lived in the area around Chambers Creek and the territory surrounding Fort Steilacoom, Washington. This region, southwest of what is now Tacoma, was one of the earliest in the Puget Sound region to be occupied by white settlers. John was a son of Ce-col-quin, a signer of the 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty, and he led an extended family that camped at McNeil Island each summer. In this photograph, John and his wife Annie are seated in front of their home with a basket and other household items. The stereographic image was part of a series made by J.A. Blosser illustrating Pacific Northwest scenes.

Repair & Renovations


August 2012. The renovations have started!

There are many projects in store to repair and renovate the Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center & Museum. First on the list: construct a ramp to the front door for disabled access to the 2nd floor. This is required for the Center & Museum to officially keep it's doors open to the public. Once the ramp is complete, the portico will be re-added to the exterior of the building.

Future projects include a secondary exit from the 2nd floor for public safety (also required for the Center & Museum to keep it's doors officially open), renovations to the kitchen and cafe on the first floor, and repair and improvements to the exterior of the building.

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In The News: 'Stick Soup'


5/22/2011 - Lynn Geyer of The Suburban Times recently reported on the play, Stick Soup, by Danny Marshall and Lacie Deck in her article 'Stick Soup' brings Steilacoom legends to life.

The new "Liq'təd Garden"


6/29/10 - We recently finished a new garden at the STCC called the "Liq'təd Garden". Liq'təd (pronounced leek'tud) is a Lushootseed word for 'red-colored' or 'painted-red'. The garden recognizes and honors "Steilacoom Red" that came from the sacred spring in Steilacoom that produced a red iron oxide clay that the Steilacoom traded with other Tribes.

The project started with a lot of grass, blackberries, and weeds, but over several days it transformed into a beautiful Homestead-inspired garden that now features oak half-barrels and wood chips donated by the Town of Steilacoom. The lower section of the garden surrounds an existing cement pad and is planted with salal, a native plant popular for its berries that are both tasty and used to dye various materials.

We invite you to visit the new garden on the south side of the STCC and to come back soon and often as the red flowers displayed in the garden will change regularly to reflect the seasons.

Seeds for Next Spring


6/19/10 - Steilacoom Tribe Council Member Kenny Dittbenner recently visited the Fort Lewis greenhouse with Nisqually Elders and they were kind enough to donate seeds of many species of prarie and woodland plants for the STCC ethnobotanical garden. And yes, there are even some 'Steilacoom Flower' seeds. Thank you Kenny and Fort Lewis greenouse!

Ancient Futures Campaign Kickoff


6/19/10 - Tribal Chairperson Danny Marshall speaks to attendees of the Ancient Futures Campaign kickoff meeting. The campaign will raise money for improvements and repairs to the Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center (STCC). The initial goal for the campaign is to raise $150,000 for the first phase of projects.