The collections of the American Folklife Center include material documenting
the Native American traditions of Washington. Represented in its recordings
are the Chehallis, Clayoquot, Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Nooksack, Nisqualli,
Puyallup, Quileute, Samish, Skagit, Snohomish, Skokomish, Squamish, and
Yakima tribal groups. Many of these are cylinder recordings collected by
employees of the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology
in the early years of the twentieth century. Their preservation ensures
their future availability to researchers and Native Americans.
In 1982, the Center's Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools
Project documented an Islamic school in Seattle. In 1989-90, the Center
conducted a field research project documenting the culture and traditions
of Italian-Americans in the West, which culminated in a traveling exhibition
and companion book of essays. The documentary material from this project
includes hundreds of hours of interviews, thousands of photographs, and
fieldnotes, which were made in Walla Walla and nearby communities.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Washington collections.
Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Washington's Local Legacies projects.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools Collection: Includes documentation of an Islamic School in Seattle, Washington. [catalog record] [finding aid]
Italian-American Folklife in the West Collection: Includes documentation from Walla Walla, Washington. [catalog record] [finding aid]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Washington from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.
Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.
Conference: "Ethnic Heritage Workshop in Seattle," Seattle Center, 1979.
Publications: "The Islamic School of Seattle," Ethnic Heritage and Languages Schools
in America. [catalog record]
Federal Cylinder Project: Guide to Field Cylinder Recording in Federal
Agencies, Volume 3 (Great Basin/Plateau, Northwest Coast/Arctic
Indian Catalog). [catalog record]
"Walla Walla Sweets: Onions and Ethnic Identity in an Italian Community
in the Northwest," in Old Ties New Attachments: Italian- American Folklife
in the West. [catalog record]