Cedar mural planned for outside Edmonds Museum to celebrate city’s native history

A sketch of the Edmonds Marsh carving by Ty Juvenil.

To celebrate the native history of Edmonds, the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society is working with Tulalip carver Ty Juvenil on a cedar mural of the city’s marsh as it looked long ago.

The six-by-five feet carving, four inches thick, will show two Coast Salish fishermen, one in a canoe, working in the marsh with its birds and other wildlife.

The marsh was an important summer harvest site for centuries for several Coast Salish tribes in the southern Puget Sound area. These included the Suquamish, S’Klallam, Snohomish, Snoqualmie and other tribes who were later gathered at three reservations near Edmonds, including the Tulalip Reservation near Marysville.

The carving with accompanying historical information will be displayed in front of the Edmonds Historical Museum on a small new plaza.

“This plaza will complete our plans for engaging outdoor exhibits available to all who visit Edmonds,” said Jerry Freeland, the president of the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society. “For some time we have felt it is extremely important that we recognize this important part of our history in Edmonds.”

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation is funding the carving itself, while the Hubbard Family Foundation is providing support for interpretive materials and other work.

The museum is seeking additional funding from the public. Work on the carving and plaza is expected to finish toward the end of the year. You can learn more and donate here.

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