Welcome to this exhibit on Coast Salish canoe
racing. The Coast Salish people live on the central Pacific coast
of North America in what is now southern British Columbia and Washington
State. There are over 25,000 Coast Salish
people, organized into over 50 different bands. In British Columbia,
many Coast Salish bands are actively involved in treaty negotiations.
This Salish welcoming figure "Imich Siiyem" was carved by
Susan Point, Musqueam
It sits outside the UBC Museum of Anthropology to acknowledge
the land as Salish and to welcome visitors.
© Museum of Anthropology
groupings in the Pacific Northwest
© Paula Gustafson "Salish
The Native Canoe was an economic necessity, like a railroad or
highway, and it also provided recreation, which persists to the
present day in the sport of racing.
-Emmett Oliver, Quinault-