Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Nux Sklai Yem or Strong People, are descendants of the Salish people who have been well-established in the Puget Sound basin and surrounding areas since 2400 B.C.
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The rich cultural heritage of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is one that we can trace back to our early ancestors. The way we do some traditional things such as “smoking salmon” and “preparing a clam bake” is not much different than it was fifty, one hundred, or two hundred years ago. As close as we are to our traditional cooking methods, some of our artistic heritage has changed. With the influence of “Northern Salish” tribes, our art has evolved over the years to include what is distinctly S’Klallam with the northern art style to create an artistic hybrid. Our language that was once spoken, and was forced to be forgotten, now has new life and new tongues. As we continue on this journey of preserving our past and building our future, we invite you to take part and share in the sounds, textures, colors, and personalities that make us the “S’Klallam People.”