Ruth Kirk discusses 'Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village'
Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ruth Kirk discusses 'Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village'
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryRuth Kirk and Hannah Palin, UW Special Collections, show newly digitized footage of the decades-long excavation of Ozette Makah whaling village on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
DescriptionMakah families left the coastal village of Ozette in the 1920s to comply with the federal government's requirement that they send their children to school. By doing so they ended nearly two thousand years of occupation at this strategic whale- and seal-hunting site.

Archaeologist Richard Daugherty took note of the site in 1947 and later returned at the request of the Makah tribal chairman. Full-scale excavations from 1966 to 1981 revealed houses and their contents. Led by Daugherty, with a team of graduate and undergraduate students and Makah tribal members, the work culminated in the creation of the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, where more than 55,000 Ozette artifacts are curated and displayed.

Writer and photographer Ruth Kirk documented the archaeological work from its beginning. Kirk is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including “Sunrise to Paradise: The Story of Mount Rainier National Park.”
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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