Coast Salish Wooly Dog History Talk

Posted May 4, 2017 at 5:46 am by

For weavers, dog-lovers and any­one inter­est­ed in the Coast Sal­ish peoples…

88-15529, Blanket, Salish, catalog #E1891A, N. W. Coast, Salish Indian Culture, North American Ethnology Collection, woven dyed wool geometric motif, plain view

Join ecol­o­gist and his­to­ri­an Rus­sel Barsh and botanist and spin­ner Madrona Mur­phy for a slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion and weav­ing demon­stra­tion cel­e­brat­ing the Coast Sal­ish “wooly dog” and the first peo­ples of the islands.

Sun­day, May 7th, 5:30pm at Brickworks

Spon­sored by Kwiaht. For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Sandy Strehlou, (360) 622‑2037 or

“Dogs were named, high­ly val­ued and often buried wrapped in a blan­ket. Dog remains and dog buri­als are not uncom­mon in Coast Sal­ish archae­ol­o­gy. A dog buried with a young woman was unearthed on Lopez Island by a Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton field school in 1968. DNA extract­ed from archae­o­log­i­cal dog remains pro­vides phys­i­cal evi­dence for Coast Sal­ish vil­lages main­tain­ing local­ly dis­tinct dog breeds.”
~ Coast Sal­ish Wool­ly Dogs [Rus­sel Barsh, Essay 11243]

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One comment...

  1. I am a coast sal­ish per­son I did­n’t read all of it but was there men­tion of the dogs being used to pull nets for salmon and even water­fowl they even used them to dri­ve game and there where bug­ger dogs to help move them game this was told to me threw our sto­ry telling tradition

    Comment by Rodney krise Jr on January 17, 2023 at 5:47 pm

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