Culture is Living: panel event and discussion on decolonization

Culture is Living: panel event and discussion on decolonization
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Date(s) - 05/20/21
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


This event is hosted in partnership between the Western WA Fulbright Association, Burke Museum, and local Tribal leaders from Washington.

Date And Time

Thu, May 20, 2021

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

About this Event

What is decolonization? How do we change the patterns of cultural dominance to actively involve communities in every aspect of work? Join the Burke Museum and local Tribal leaders from Western Washington state for a discussion about the importance of decolonization work and a deeper understanding of Native American cultural heritage. Learn about how decolonization is part of the Burke’s day-to-day work, as the museum recognizes its colonial legacy and dedicates itself to learning from communities and building a more ethical and collaborative future. During this panel event you’ll hear about the significance of collaboration work with communities to represent and embody the knowledge, voices, and stories that incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing.



Julie Stein, Burke Museum Executive Director

Three panelists:

  • Leonard Forsman, Suquamish, Chairman of Suquamish Tribal Council, President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
  • Marilyn Wandrey, Suquamish, Burke Museum Native American Advisory Board Executive Committee & member
  • Polly Olsen, Yakama, Burke Museum Tribal Liaison
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