UW Indigenous Walking Tour Now Available!

Submitted by Kai Wise on
Guests of the Great River by Chinook Indian Nation Chairman and artist Tony A. (naschio) Johnson and artist Adam McIsaac, proudly grace the cover for the Indigenous Walking Tour booklet

Have you heard? The long-awaited Indigenous Walking Tour guide booklet by AIS major Owen Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo) is officially released and available to the public. 

The 40-page, full color booklet tells the story of Indigenous places through an Indigenous community member’s eyes across seven stops on campus. Stops include the Burke Museum, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ  [Intellectual House], Indigenous artworks, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Ethnic Cultural Center, the Husky Union Building (HUB) — where one of his father’s works is on display — and Union Bay Natural Area.

A pdf version is available on the AIS website now, and physical copies of the booklet will be available at in the AIS Department office, University libraries, and other campus buildings beginning Autumn 2021. The booklet will be made available completely free of charge, following Owen's wishes and generous funding from donors. The tradition of potlatch is deeply ingrained for Owen, having seen his father, renowned artist Marvin Oliver, give original artwork prints to graduating Native students at the UW for many years. Continuing that cycle, he says, "If you enjoy the walking tour, I ask for you to donate to the Marvin Oliver scholarship fund."

We are so proud of Owen for his hard work and this amazing gift to our community. We hope you enjoy the booklet as much as we do.