First Native Owned Sea Tour Launches in Seattle!

“Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction is a Native-owned, Native-designed voyage offering a narrated tour sharing the history of the city and its Indigenous people. Salish Sea Tours, located at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57, opened to the public on June 25.” N. Brennan, ICT, July 2021

Salish Sea Tours Launch 2021

Excerpt: Salish Sea Tours Launch, By Natasha Brennan, ICT

“Various Native artists and leaders were involved in the creation of the company’s two 93-foot catamarans and its hour-long narrated tour of Elliott Bay. Owner Kyle Griffith, an enrolled member of the Chinook Indian Nation, said the tour is a tangible representation of tribes coming together.

George Montero, Tlingit, is presented with a traditional Duwamish blanket at a ceremony before Salish Sea Tours made one of its first voyages on June 24 from Miner’s Landing on the Seattle waterfront. (Photo by The Bellingham Herald


The Chinook Indian Nation, located less than 100 miles southwest of Olympia, and the Duwamish Tribe, native to the Seattle area, are not federally recognized. Griffith hopes the tour will bring attention to the tribes’ fight for recognition.

Inside the ship.

‘It’s not just a tour, it’s about being seen. This is the first tour in the city of Seattle that mentions the name of the Duwamish,’ Jolene Haas, director of the Duwamish Longhouse, said at the tour’s maiden voyage and launch party Thursday afternoon, June 24.

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