The Western regional office was proud to participate at the 8th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit on Collaborative Land Use Planning, held in beautiful and lush Suquamish, WA, on May 20 and 21. This very special summit focuses on protection through tribal, NGO, and governmental cooperation. The summit was held in the Suquamish Tribe’s long house, called The House of Awakened Culture.
On day two of the summit, our West regional director Cory Wilkins gave a presentation on The Archaeological Conservancy, covering what we do, where we do it, how we do it, and why we preserve cultural sites. There was also a presentation from Ed Carriere, Suquamish Elder and Master Basketmaker, and Dale Croes, Pacific NW Archaeological Society on their work experiences learning about a collection of 2,000 year old baskets from the Biderbost “wet site” (a waterlogged site with excellent wood and fiber preservation) located in the Snoqualmie Tribe’s traditional territory near Duvall, WA, and preserved by the Archaeological Conservancy ( Read more about the project and see the beautiful photos here ). The summit was attended by over 200 people. It was a great mix of tribal members from around WA, government representatives, CRM firms, nonprofits, and others. The summit subjects were open for discussion during the two days, allowing for a great exchange of ideas, concepts, and beliefs, and practices.