Located in Blake Island State Park, across Puget Sound from Seattle, Tillicum Village is a truly Pacific Northwest Experience. This beautiful spot is essentially a large restaurant and performance hall, which is designed as a traditional Northwest Coast longhouse, complete with totem poles towering out front. A visit here includes a salmon dinner, tribal performances, and more.
Upon visiting the Tillicum Village, which is only accessible by boat, you’ll be greeted by villagers dressed in Northwest Coastal Native tribal costume. Outside the longhouse facility, visitors are given a cup of clams and broth. As you enter the longhouse, a cooking display shows whole salmon being cooked on cedar stakes over an alder wood fire in a traditional style of Northwest Coastal Natives. A buffet-style meal includes baked salmon, new red potatoes, warm whole grain bread, wild and long grain rice, and a fresh salad bar.
After your meal, the Tillicum Village dancers provide a performance that incorporates traditional stories, dances, and songs of Northwest Coastal Native groups. Following the performance, you can visit a gallery featuring regional Northwest artwork, watch a totem pole carving demonstration by Native Americans, and walk along the beaches and trails of Blake Island.
Boats to Tillicum Village depart from Pier 55 in downtown Seattle. You can get to the pier by bus or streetcar. Nearby attractions include Waterfront Park and the Seattle Art Museum. You can also take the boat out to Blake Island and skip the meal and dancing, and instead explore the island’s beaches and trails.