Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, in partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, is thrilled to announce a new dual-hosted exhibit. Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story opens to the public on Saturday, October 9. The exhibit explores the authentic stories of trade, managed and natural resources, social hierarchy, and the changing relationships between the Duwamish and non-native settlers who arrived in the 1850’s and together melded and transitioned into the Seattle we know today. It also celebrates two decades of recent growth and progress since the first iteration of Spirit Returns was hosted at the Log House Museum in the early 2000’s. Be sure to visit both locations to experience the complete exhibit.

Visit the Log House Museum

At the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum Spirit Returns 2.0 reexamines non-native settler accounts of early relations with the Duwamish Tribe to set the stage for a celebration of contemporary collaborations and friendship between these communities. Visit the Log House Museum to check out letters from early settler David S. “Doc” Maynard, dive into personal stories of key members of the Alki Point landing party, and uncover a new way to think about Seattle history.

Visit the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

The revival exhibit Spirit Returns 2.0 is a testimony or Swelex (perseverance) that shares the living lifeways of the Duwamish people within the space that was reclaimed in 2009 with the completion of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. It marks the return of the cedar bark hat belonging to Chief Seattle of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes. This new exhibit will be the foundation for school curriculum that will help strengthen the Duwamish sense of belonging, autonomy and continuity.

Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story will be open to the public for free from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and at the Log House Museum from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fridays through Sundays as of Saturday, October 9.

The Log House Museum is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4pm. Face coverings are still required in the Log House Museum for all visitors age 5 and older regardless of vaccination status.