In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Seahawks joined together with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe last week for a special blessing ceremony at Lumen Field, officially dedicating the new tribal artwork and design installations that were added to the Muckleshoot Heritage Plaza for the 2023 Seahawks season.
The Seahawks were joined by Muckleshoot Tribal Council members and dignitaries, where they celebrated with traditional drum music and song, before officially blessing the new elements.
“It’s such a pleasure and privilege to be here to unveil this beautiful work representing the Muckleshoot people,” said Donny Stevenson, the Vice Chairman of the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, to kickoff the event.
Underneath a new sign with the words “We Are Muckleshoot,” fans are now greeted by new traditional cedar Salish welcome statues as they enter the North End of the stadium. A new mural featuring bright, vibrant colors showcases the rich culture history of the Muckleshoot Tribe and the significance of its people, land and water. Also added is new stair railing art, featuring traditional Salish fish designs to represent a school of salmon swimming upstream.
The project emphasizes the Seahawks and Muckleshoot’s joint commitment to community, while celebrating the significance and tradition the Muckleshoot Tribe represents in the region.
At the event, Muckleshoot Tribal Historian, Warren King-George, spoke to history of Duwamish Land, while Muckleshoot Artist, Sam Obrovac, shared the meaning behind many of the Coastal Salish design elements. Obrovac also shared how thankful he is that the Muckleshoot Tribe gets to tell their story at Lumen Field.