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Posted by the Seattle Art Museum July 2015

"People of the Salish Sea" is an excerpt from the feature non-fiction film and media project called Clearwater. Supported by the Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Lummi, Muckleshoot and Squaxin Island tribes, this story explores the inherent relationship between the Coast Salish people and the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Join us as we move from the "place of clear salt water" to the shores of Bella Bella, British Columbia, during the 2014 Canoe Journey. It is in these waters and the adjacent shores—past, present and future—that the Coast Salish people live on the lands of their ancestors and great-great grandchildren.

"In episode 1, John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. This is a history class, not archaeology, so we're mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. The Spanish were definitely not peaceful colonizers, but what colonizers are peaceful? Colonization pretty much always results in an antagonistic relationship with the locals. John teaches you about early Spanish explorers, settlements, and what happened when they didn't get along with the indigenous people. The story of their rocky relations has been called the Black Legend. Which is not a positive legend."

Source: " Proud To Be (Mascots) " by National Congress of American Indians , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Just before the 2014 Superbowl, the National Congress of American Indians released the Proud To Be ad (above), calling for the end of using American Indians as a mascot.

Source: " Calls to Replace Columbus Day Gaining Momentum " by Associated Press , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Associated Press: Calls to dump Columbus Day are getting louder as cities across the country replace it with “Indigenous People’s Day." Native Americans say it's necessary to atone for Christopher Columbus’ legacy but some Italian Americans are outraged by it.