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A Novel with History, Art & Artifact

On September 21, 1868 on the Olympic Peninsula, on a five-mile sand spit, the sole survivor of an Indian ambush purchases her life with a pair of silver pendant earrings. Two decades later, the totemic earrings lead Millie Langlie -- daughter of a S’Klallam girl and a Norwegian fisherman-turned-farmer -- on a quest to distinguish right from wrong in love and murder.

This coming-of-age tale journeys from an isolated beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victorian Port Townsend rife with pirates and prostitutes, and then back again to Dungeness into the heart of the mystery. When at last the motive behind the massacre is revealed, Millie discovers who she truly is, but also, paradoxically, that reality is as slippery as a fish.

Inspired by the life and work of S'Klallam historian Mary Ann Lambert, each new chapter in Millie’s pilgrimage is followed by a brief history essay in her voice and illuminated with photos, artifacts and contemporary art , deepening the storyline and constructing an over-arching narrative of life in the post-Treaty Pacific Northwest, a time of rapid change.

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Canoe Journey 2017

In Port Angeles the Jamestown S'Klallam canoe prepares
to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, for the first time in 100 years.

The Canoe Journey 2017

Launching from Jamestown on Monday, July 24th!

Book Launch at The Suquamish Museum

February 4th – February 28th 2016

February 4th – February 28th 2016

Leaving Port Angeles

Leaving Port Angeles, the Jamestown S'Klallam canoe crosses the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the first time in 100 years.

Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

February 4 – 28, 2016

Opening reception: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 5:30-8pm

Northwind Arts Literary Series:

Feb. 4, at 7pm – Readings by Tlingit poet Robert Hoffman and Seattle poet, interviewer and essayist Paul Nelson.

Feb. 25, at 7pm – Feminist Writers on Coast Salish History, a discussion with Llyn De Danaan, author of Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay; Sherry Lou Macgregor, author of Coast Salish Canoe Cultures Past and Present; and Karen Polinsky, author of Dungeness.

táʔkʷt, or “To Shine a Light on Something” in the language of the S’Klallam, honors the life and work of Blyn historian Mary Ann Lambert (1879 – 1966).

A complex figure in Northwest history, this exhibition presents new scholarship and personal reflections on Mary Ann Lambert’s legacy. Daughter of a S’Klallam girl and a Swedish mariner-turned-farmer, Lambert grew up living between worlds, watching towns and cities take shape around ferry docks as Native villages disappeared. Lambert wrote stories from eyewitness accounts, uniquely capturing the Native American perspective on the half-century that followed the signing of the 1855 Point-No-Point Treaty. Recording seismic shifts in the economic and social life of the Olympic Peninsula, Lambert advocated for history comprised of more than one viewpoint.

Featuring contemporary work by:

Joe Ives

Master- Carver

Jimmy Price


Cathy MacGregor


Cara Thompson

Book Design and Illustration

Featuring Artifacts

This project is supported by: Cultural Arts Foundation NW, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S"Klallam Tribe, Port Madison Suquamish Tribe

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