Discover 500 years of local history and how the past is uncovered at Archaeology Day at the Burke Museum on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Special displays of artifacts from the museum’s collection illustrate how Native Americans and later immigrants adapted to life in the Puget Sound region over the past 500 years, including recent archaeological discoveries and how archaeology is used to study the past and present.
More games and activities for kids have been added to the annual event this year, including a new “Who Was That?” game to investigate historic items from different time periods. Local history fans of all ages can chat with experts from event hosting partners — the Society of Historical Archaeology, Center for Wood Boats, Edmonds Community College, the National Park Service and the Suquamish Tribe. Displays include objects from Chief Seattle’s home, and underwater gear to try on while learning about underwater archaeological research.
Another big attraction on display at the Burke is the Kwakwaka’wakw transformation mask that inspired the Seahawks logo, part of the “Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired” exhibit of new works by contemporary Native artists paired with historic pieces illustrating how today’s artists learn from past generations.
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The original Seahawks logo designers referenced books about Northwest Coast art for design inspiration, with a photo of the Kwakwaka’wakw mask in a 1950 book about Northwest Coast Native arts, the most likely source for the Seahawks emblem. The mask belongs to a museum in Maine and is on loan to the Burke through July 27.
The Burke’s permanent exhibits feature “Life and Times of Washington State,” the evolution of the state’s geology, biology and archaeology, including a walk-through model of a volcano and skeletons of a mastodon; a saber-toothed cat and a 12,000-year-old giant ground sloth found during construction at Sea-Tac Airport. Artifacts from 17 different Pacific Rim cultures fill the museum’s other permanent exhibit, “Pacific Voices.”
The Burke is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
Madeline Mckenzie: email@example.com