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Chief Sealth's Grave, Suquamish

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Chief Sealth's (Seattle) Grave

The gravesite of Chief Sealth (also called Chief Seattle) lies in the tribal cemetery next to St. Peter's Catholic Mission Church in Suquamish. Visitors are allowed to pay their respects at any time of the year. When we visited, it was evident from the flowers and food that was left at the gravesite that others had visited not long before.

Upon entering the cemetery you can view a large plaque with an inscription giving details of Chief Sealth's life. Inside the cemetery at the gravesite itself, a white marble tombstone capped by a cross stands in the middle of a tribal structure. The inscription reads: "Seattle, Chief of the Suguampsh and Allied tribes, died June 7, 1866. The firm friend of the whites, and for him the City of Seattle was named by its founders." Below this inscription, in larger letters, one can read: "Sealth." On another part of the marker you can read: "Baptismal name Noah Sealth, age probably 80 years.

It is a moving tribute to one of the most famous tribal leaders in the Pacific Northwest. It is a worthwhile site for anyone interested in the history of the Pacific Northwest or of the Native American tribes of the Northwest. [more ]

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