Advertise:   712.224.5420

Seattle Times: Unearthing Tse-whit-zen Village

The Seattle Times is running a special report this week on the discovery of a major village of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington.

"Unearthing Tse-whit-zen" is named for the Tse-whit-zen Village located on the Port Angeles harbor. Occupied until the early 1900s, the village is considered one of the most significant finds in the Pacific Northwest.

Part 1 of the report looks at some of the artifacts that have been uncovered at the village. Many -- including a rare hair comb made of bone -- remain in excellent condition, something that surprised tribal members and archaeologists. "This is part of my history," tribal member Amy Carter, who worked on the site, told the paper.

Part 2 looks at the history of the village in an attempt to explain why there are more than 300 tribal ancestors buried there. "You wonder: How could so many die? There has to be a reason to have so many infants die in one village," said tribal member Lonnie Charles, who also worked on the site. One explanation could be disease.

The Seattle Times website [Link] contains more information, resources and a slideshow about the village.

Get the Story:
From tools, shells and bones, a culture emerges (The Seattle Times 5/22)
"How could so many die?" Graves may tell story of terrible epidemic (The Seattle Times 5/23)

Relevant Links:
Tse-Whit-Zen Village News -
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe -

Related Stories:
Lawmaker defends proposed land swap with tribe (04/13)
Washington tribe rejects offer on village site (03/29)
2005 Paddle Journey to end at Tse-whit-zen village (03/15)
Washington tribe backs probe into work at village (1/31)
Washington tribe still affected by excavation of village (1/27)
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe tells panel of racism (01/20)
Healing ceremony held at Klallam village (1/17)
Talks continue over future of Klallam village (1/11)
Top official set to abandon work at Klallam village (12/17)
Washington officials won't oppose tribe on village (12/16)
Meeting scheduled on future of Klallam tribal village (12/14)
Editorial: Work at Klallam tribal village should stop (12/14)
Washington tribe wants construction stopped (12/13)
Editorial: Let tribe complete work on village (12/03)
Washington tribe to discuss future of village (11/29)
Construction at tribal burial site still in dispute (11/18)
Washington tribe wants work stopped at bridge site (10/08)
Discovery of village strains Washington tribe (07/28)
Klallam village in Washington larger than expected (7/23)
Klallam village in Washington called significant find (07/14)
Washington tribe helping with removal of remains (04/20)
State to pay for reburial of Klallam ancestors (04/13)
Wash. tribe to sign agreement for reburial of ancestors (03/16)
Tribal remains used as landfill at mill site (11/07)
Wash. negotiating with tribe on handling of remains (10/15)
State, tribe mum on discovery of remains at worksite (09/12)