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Who Lived Here?

Learn how the watersheds featured in the histories of native peoples and others over time.

Land Acknowledgement: Native peoples have been connected to the Cedar River and Tolt River Watersheds since time immemorial. Included below is a sampling of stories from some of those tribes.

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Who Lived Here?

  Cedar and Salmon

Video | 6 minutes

Videos from the Tulalip Tribes and Hibulb Cultural Center about Coast Salish people. Be sure to check out the video called CEDAR SALMON that describes the connection Native people have to these resources.

URL: https://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/Explore/Videos/

Photo of tribal cultural artifacts


  We Are Muckleshoot

Video | 20 minutes

The Cedar River supplies most of the drinking water for the Seattle area. In this video learn about the Muckleshoot Tribe, who have been connected to this place since time immemorial.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtENMuwNh1s


  The History of the Snoqualmie Tribe

Video | 2 minutes

The Tolt River supplies some of the drinking water for the Seattle area. In this video learn about the Snoqualmie Tribe, who have been connected to this place since time immemorial.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm5L5FPoKeQ


  Cedar Falls Rising

Video | 17 minutes

The story of Moncton, Washington and the accidental creation of Rattlesnake Lake.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDMjBQHXkQE


  Living and Working at the Cedar River Watershed, 1916 - 1929

Article | 7 minutes

An oral history of what life was like for a teenager in a City of Seattle company town in the Cascade Mountains during the early 20th century.

URL: https://www.historylink.org/File/2453

Photo of tribal cultural artifacts


  When Coal Was King: Taylor, WA 1944

Article | 2 minutes

Taylor was a clay and coal company in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed near present-day Maple Valley. Learn what caused the town to boom and bust.

URL: https://voiceofthevalley.com/2019/07/24/when-coal-was-king-taylor-wa-oct-1944-eng-15-j-m/

Historical photo of a locamotive

 

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