Welcome to Duwamish Country!
Chief Si’ahl, for whom the City of Seattle is named, a respected and honored leader, known for his
peaceful ways, is the symbol of our inspiration as we welcome you to explore and learn about the
history and culture of his Duwamish people.
Chief Si’ahl (1780 – 1866) was the most powerful and famous chief in the central Puget Sound region
Chief S’ahl’s mother Scholitza was Duwamish and his father Schwabe was Suquamish. Because native
descent is based on the mother’s lineage, Chief S’iahl inherited his position as chief of the Duwamish
Tribe from his maternal uncle. The Duwamish are the Indigenous inhabitants of the Greater Seattle