Visual Artwork as a Land Acknowledgement

To Celebrate Indigenous American Heritage Month! 

The Port of Seattle exists on Indigenous land. We admit the ancestral homelands of those people who walked here before us and people who nonetheless wander here, trying to keep in thoughts the integrity of this territory the place Native peoples identify as the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, and Puyallup, as very well as the tribes of the Muckleshoot, Tulalip, other Coast Salish peoples, and their descendants. We are grateful to respectfully reside and function as company on these lands with the Coast Salish and Indigenous folks who phone this property. This land acknowledgment is one particular little act in the ongoing approach of doing work to be in very good partnership with the land and the men and women of the land. 

To rejoice Indigenous American Heritage month, the Port highlights the most new art installations in the Intercontinental Arrivals Facility (IAF)! All the artworks described beneath were established by Native American artists. Right before telling you the tales of these most recent artworks at Seattle-Tacoma Global Airport (SEA), let’s give credit wherever credit is due.  

This initiative started off in the Fall of 2020 with a team of 10 Port high faculty interns who presented the concept of incorporating Indigenous art and tradition at SEA: 

  • Alana Chiefstick  
  • Ah-Nika-Leesh Chiquiti  
  • Kailyn Choy  
  • Charlotte and Teresa Paddock from Main Kitsap Academy 
  • Jasmine Dorman  
  • Mackenzie Lobehan  
  • Armando Luna-Salgado  
  • Kalani Thompson, and  
  • Katelyn Forde from Muckleshoot Tribal Faculty  

In July 2021, the Port Fee approved $475,000 to get Indigenous Art of the Pacific Northwest location. The General public Artwork Application experienced two major plans: 

  1. To welcome intercontinental vacationers to the location by creating a visual representation of a Land Acknowledgement  
  2. Help nearby and regional artists perhaps impacted by the pandemic

Relaxation certain, this is the first of lots of potential chances that the Public Artwork system wants to take to diversify its selection. 

In the Fall of 2021, 30 parts of art were being bought from regional galleries. Speedy-ahead to Slide 2022, and voila the artworks are for the most component installed in the IAF. 

Here’s what you will see in your future check out: 

Joe Feddersen

White Horse/Crimson Sunshine Suite, 2020-2021  

Born in Omak (WA), Joe Feddersen is affiliated with The Confederated Tribes of The Colville Reservation (Okanagan and Lakes).  

For Feddersen, his work “investigates indication and cultural identification. This inquiry merges standard components of basket styles from my ancestral house, the Inland Plateau region of the Columbia Basin, with urban imagery to discuss to perceptions of land. My print get the job done builds from a dialogue with regular basket patterns. The prints normally establish complexity via layering indicators. These symptoms tenuously dissolve into an total discipline while still retaining immediate ties to my native heritage.” 

Raya Friday 

Drinking water Sequence, 2022 


Raya Friday was born in Seattle and is a member of the Lummi country whose tribal lands are situated on the edge of the Salish Sea near Bellingham (WA). H2o Collection is situated upcoming to baggage claim 24 in a significant exhibition case where by you will find these 11 sensitive and astonishing glass artworks. 

“The Drinking water Baskets collection is an exploration of the foundational way water has shaped the region, the two culturally and environmentally, and how this essential aspect of [Friday’s] identity and survival is now staying threatened by climate adjust. The colors and texture of these blown glass pieces is motivated by the fragile and enduring characteristics of seashore glass. The cedar and wire components stand for her hope that each traditional and contemporary understanding can work alongside one another to maintain the daily life forces of this land.” (The Stonington Gallery). 

Preston Singletary

Kéet, 2012 


Singletary is a Tlingit of the Eagle moiety — 1 of two tribal societal groups — and a member of the spouse and children house team of Kaagwaantaan. 

As you stand on the mezzanine, admiring this brand -new facility, consider a few minutes to observe Kéet by Singletary. Kéet is the Tlingit term for Killer Whale and is also the artist’s key crest symbol.  

“The first wooden sculpture was carved by David Svenson and depicts the Killer Whale with an Eagle on the major symbolizing my family symbols. Rising from the mouth of the Killer Whale is a Thunderbird, which was the clan that Svenson was adopted into. The bottom sort is a double headed wolf, as a sort of soul catcher and morphing into a 3-dimensional wolf at the center.” 

For yrs, Singletary has also been fascinating audiences with standard cultural objects in blown glass this sort of as brightly coloured glass baskets, like Crimson Glass Berry Basket with Brown Lip (2021). 

Lisa Telford 

  • Black Banded Basket, 2018 
  • Women’s Work Basket with Raven’s Hood Layout -— High-quality Warp, 2014 
  • Woven Bustier, 2018 
  • Woven Kid’s Cowboy Boots, 2018


Lisa Telford is a Native Haida making use of Northwest Coastline-type weaving methods. An exhibit situation around baggage declare 23 shows four artworks by Telford in the decreased segment you can see two standard baskets, and in the higher section there are two modern clothes (a bustier and a pair of cowboy boots).  

“Her work serves as a commentary on Native id, stereotypes, and vogue. As a Git’ans Git’anee Haida weaver, Lisa Telford arrives from a prolonged line of weavers, which include her grandmother, mother, aunt, and cousins. Her work encompasses baskets, conventional hats, and cedar bark clothing. She thinks that Haida Basketry was necessary for survival years in the past, and therefore, the natural beauty of this existence-supplying craft should be celebrated by continuing the custom and honoring mother nature with every new piece.” (The Stonington Gallery

Gail Tremblay (Mi’kmaq/Onondaga) 


  • Grandmother Moon Reflecting Elder Brother Sunshine, 2010 
  • As Lengthy as the Rivers Run …, 2013 
  • Native Ingenuity, 2013 
  • Preserving Native Technologies, 2013 
  • What Takes place When Civilization Melts The Ice?, 2016 
  • Grandmother Moon Reflecting Elder Brother Sunlight, 2010 

Gail Tremblay is descended from Onondaga and Mi’Kmaq ancestors and resides in Olympia (WA). Tremblay weaves her baskets employing 16mm film stock, coloured film leader of numerous dimensions, and gold metallic braid, in its place of utilizing the traditional substance of sweetgrass. The cause powering these non-regular elements is that the artist needs to comment on indigenous lifetime in the 21st century and contact attention to the devastating influence of global warming.

“I identified movie was an fascinating content to weave, and I savored the notion of recycling film and attaining command more than a medium that had traditionally been utilised by both equally Hollywood and documentary filmmakers to stereotype American Indians.” (From Correspondence concerning the Froelick Gallery and the artist, June 2020). 

What takes place when the civilization melts the Ice? is a basket woven with 16mm film from a collection of work that works by using movie stock from a 1967 documentary about Inuit tradition referred to as “At the Winter Sea Ice Camp.” In her do the job, Tremblay captures the heritage of her tradition and the impact weather improve is possessing on her persons.

She states that “the film is making an attempt to make it appear like Inuit lifestyle doesn’t adjust, although at the same time, the entire globe is switching very, so much so that inside of the subsequent 50 years, it is virtually unachievable to do what your ancestors did.” (Correspondence involving the Froelick Gallery and the artist, June 2020). 

Marie Watt 

Cover (Omphalos), 2007 


Born in Seattle (WA), Marie Watt now is effective and life in Portland (OR) and is a member of the Seneca Country of Indians. As you are about to go away the IAF it will be tough for you to skip this eight-foot-tall sculpture by Marie Watt. Textile performs a significant job into the artist’s physique of perform. Watt began amassing wool blankets from thrift suppliers in buy to assemble totem- and ladder-like sculptures. On a far more particular level, blankets in her tribe and other indigenous communities are provided absent to honor people today witnessing vital lifestyle situations. 

Built of Alaskan yellow cedar, “Canopy (Omphalos) is a continuation of the artist’s exploration of wool blankets, their record of becoming handed down from era to era, and the human tales observed inside of these each day objects as shelter companies and symbols of security.” (from Greg Kucera Gallery

Is effective to come 

By the finish of 2023, two extra items of art will be installed at SEA.  

  • A single is a 4-foot-tall neon piece by area artist Dan Friday (Lumni), Cuomo Kulshan (Mt. Baker and bear)  
  • The next piece is staying designed by regional artist Brian Perry (S’Klallam)  
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