There are several projects underway in the Chimacum area that seek to restore visibility and cultural vitality to the indigenous Chemakum people.
"From 1910 to 2019 in Chemakum Territory, it was illegal to own or build a Longhouse. We are looking forward to building one and I think our ancestors have been waiting. "
-Naiome Dawn Krienke
(organizer of the Longhouse For the People Project)
11.5 Acres has been purchased for the building of the Longhouse, but additional volunteers, funds and materials are needed. Visit their website to learn how you can support this amazing project!
Text by Rosalee Walz. Photograph by Brian Goodman.
"In history books, the Chemakum people have been described as extinct. Yet descendants of the Chemakum hold a yearly gathering and, in the summer of 2021, a group I helped start was invited to photograph them. We set up an outdoor studio in a park in Chimacum, Washington—named after the tribe—and Brian Goodman created this remarkable set of portraits."