FOLLOWUP: Here are the new names for Port of Seattle’s 6 Duwamish River parks

(Spotted sandpiper, photographed in 2017 by Mark Wangerin at what was then T-107 Park)

Just announced at the Seattle Port Commission meeting – the six new names for Port of Seattle parks on the Duwamish River. Four are in the Lushootseed language, two are in English. From the meeting-agenda document:

The former T-105 and T-107 parks, now tuʔəlaltxʷ Village Park & Shoreline Habitat and həʔapus Village Park & Shoreline Habitat, are in West Seattle. ha?apus is the name supported by the Duwamish Tribe, whose Longhouse and Cultural Center is across the street; we reported on their advocacy when the renaming process began in July. At today’s meeting, chair Cecile Hansen and longhouse director Jolene Haas expressed their thanks to community participants in the process, saying of the renaming, “We pray it will create an opportunity to heal our relationship with one another as Indian people and citizens of Seattle.”

4 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Here are the new names for Port of Seattle's 6 Duwamish River parks"

  • Kelly October 27, 2020 (4:55 pm)

    Thank you for sharing the pronunciations. I look forward to learning to say my first Lushootseed words. I’d love a guide to Lushootseed place names in West Seattle. Anyone know if that already exists?

  • JJ October 28, 2020 (5:54 am)

    Pronunciation is a challenge. What a great challenge to have. Let’s all learn how to say those names and then snicker when out of towers come and say it weird. It would be nice to have an audio recording of the names to learn by too.

  • Sunflower October 28, 2020 (10:20 pm)

    Enjoying learning the Lushootseed word for great blue heron, ‘sbaqwah,’ thank you.

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