TRIBES Jamestown S’Klallam
Members of Klallam communities formed the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe. The tribe’s complex is east of Sequim in Blyn, right off U.S. Highway 101. The tribe operates several businesses along the highway in Blyn, including 7 Cedars Casino — the largest casino on the Peninsula. The tribe also operates The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, on Woodcock Road, that is known for its crab-shaped sand trap. For information, visit jamestowntribe.org.
Lower Elwha Klallam
Today, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe resides in the Lower Elwha River Valley and adjacent bluffs, but has lived on the river for thousands of years. The tribe’s home once made up a majority of the Peninsula. In fact, Port Angeles was once home to a huge village called Tse-whitzen, which was unearthed in 2003 at the west end of Port Angeles Harbor. Many of the found artifacts, plus exhibits covering the tribe’s history, are on display at the Historic Carnegie Building, 207 S. Lincoln St., in Port Angeles. The tribe operates various enterprises in the Port Angeles area including the Elwha River Casino, at 631 Stratton Road. Visit elwha.org for more tribal details.
The Quileute gained recent fame due to the success of the “Twilight” books and movies. While the fictional Quileute have legends of vampires and werewolves, no such stories exist in reality. But the tribe and many of the places mentioned in the books, including La Push and First Beach, are quite real and have been occupied by the tribe for hundreds of years. La Push is about 1-square-mile, but the tribe’s territory once stretched along the shores of the Pacific. Visitors can stay at Quileute Oceanside Resort and enjoy the beauty of coastal beaches, surf or watch for whales and other wildlife. Each year, the tribe holds Quileute Days, a celebration rich in tradition. This year’s event will be held July 20-22. For information, visit quileutenation.org.
The Makah Nation is on the northwest-
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ern tip of the Peninsula. It is the home of the celebrated Makah Cultural and Research Center, which houses, among other things, the extensive Ozette collection. From the reservation you can also reach Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the Lower 48 states. While Neah Bay is a small community, people wanting to extend their stay will find a variety of lodging choices, restaurants and stores for groceries and supplies. During the summer months, the Makah Marina is a busy place with fishing charter boats and tribal fisherman returning with the catch of the day. Each August, Makah Days, an annual celebration featuring traditional dancing, singing, canoe races and more is held. This year’s celebration will take place Aug. 24-26. For more information about the tribe, visit makah.com.
The Hoh tribe is a small community in West Jefferson County, along the mouth of the Hoh River that runs untouched by dikes or diversion into the Pacific Ocean. The Hoh River — famous for its king salmon run — is jammed at its mouth with a maze of massive spruce, hemlock and cedar old-growth driftwood. The river is the focal point of the tribe’s identity and stories. Flooding is a nearly constant problem as the reservation is on 1-square-mile of land on a flood plain at the mouth of the Hoh River; however, additional land the tribe acquired will allow it to relocate much of the reservation to higher ground.
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For more information about the tribe, visit hohtribe-nsn.org.
Quinault Nation The Quinault Nation consists of the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes — Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook and Cowlitz. The Quinault Nation is in the rainsoaked lands on the southwestern portion of the Olympic Peninsula. The reservation is a land of forests, swift-flowing rivers, gleaming lakes and 23 miles of unspoiled Pacific coastline. The reservation is primarily in Grays Harbor County, with some parts in Jefferson County. For additional information, visit quinaultindiannation.com.