Tillicum Village Cultural Experience
Come and enjoy the Tillicum Village Cultural Experience. The highlights are the four-hour cruise to Blake Island and a 45 minute cruise to Tillicum Village. Guests will learn all about the Native Americans who once settled on that land.
Guests will meet the tour guide at Pier 55, which is on Seattle’s Central Waterfront. This is where the four-hour cruise will begin. It will head to Blake Island State Park where Tillicum Village is located. Once everyone arrives, dinner will be served. Steamed clams will be given for the appetizer, as the fish are being cooked on open fires in the cedar longhouse. This has been going on for centuries and is essentially a buffet meal filled with Northwestern cuisine. It also consists of Chinook Salmon. Once dinner is done, relax and kick back for a show on stage that features a Native American traditional dance and Coast Salish storytelling combination.
Tillicum Village is the only place where these traditions happen. The families whose ancestors used to do these dances and songs, now perform them to show people their history. After the show are several activities that everyone can do. There are forest trails and beaches, tours of all the artwork around the island, visiting the gardens, and viewing wood carving demonstrations. Tillicum Village has all of the activities needed that will peak your interest into history. Be prepared for a very thorough and entertaining education. Don't forget the cameras as there will be some photogenic moments.
Children can definitely come on this tour. Please dress appropriately. This tour operates on a seasonal basis. Reserve a spot for you and your family right now.
Myth and magic come to life at Tillicum Village, located 8 miles from Seattle's waterfront on Blake Island State Park. Here, you have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture and watch a 25-minute show featuring traditional song and dance. A delicious Chinook Salmon buffet is included on this enriching and enthralling excursion for the entire family.
The 4-hour adventure to Tillicum Village on Blake Island State Park begins at Pier 55 on Seattle's central waterfront. Relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery during the 45-minute narrated cruise from downtown Seattle.
When you arrive at Tillicum Village, make your way up to the longhouse along the pathway strewn with clam shells bleached by the sun. Before you enter the longhouse, take a moment and enjoy an appetizer of clams and nectar. Be sure to crush the empty clam shells when you are finished as it is the tradition to help preserve the path!
Inside the longhouse, watch as whole Chinook salmon is cooked over an alder-wood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. As you finish your buffet meal, the lights dim while the myth and magic come to life in the spellbinding performance featuring the Tillicum Village dancers.
The highly acclaimed show leads visitors through an enchanting tour of the customs, beliefs and dances of the Northwest Coast Indians. In this 25-minute production, the authentic dances are representative of the myths and legends from various tribes along the Northwest Coast. Modern storytelling and symbolism are combined with the theatrics of the stage to enhance the ethnic and cultural heritage of an exceptional people.
After the show, you have approximately 45-minutes of free time when you can watch carving demonstrations, browse through the gift gallery featuring artwork of local artisans or stroll along the pleasant beaches and forest trails.
Finally, board the boat and enjoy the relaxing cruise back to Seattle.