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Chief Seattle's Gravesite

Chief Seattle's gravesite in Suquamish, Washington, just north of Bainbridge Island, is a popular spot for tourists and local historians. His grave is in the peaceful Suquamish tribal cemetery, next to a small Catholic church. His gravestone is surrounded by a mound of grass and a walkway, and surmounted by two carved, cedar canoes. Visitors often leave gifts next to his grave. From his gravesite, you can look across Puget Sound to the city named for him.

Every August, during the tribal celebration called Chief Seattle Days, the Suquamish tribe holds a gravesite ceremony. Indians from all over the West coast come dressed in their finest regalia to pay honor to Chief Seattle during this ceremony.

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Chief Seattle's grave
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Gravesite ceremony by Tlingit Indians during Chief Seattle Days

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Last modified: October 24, 2022