Over the years, individuals have donated items back to the Tribe to help us reestablish evidence of our aesthetic (art objects) and practical (tools) past.
Items include carved ceremonial rattles, a variety of baskets (clam baskets, burden baskets, potlatch baskets), a cedar feeding canoe (for holding food at potlatch celebrations), canoe paddle and items woven of cedar bark, hand spun wool and roots.
Elaine Grinnell’s Artifact Collection contains objects that she made, and objects she was given as gifts throughout her life. It includes woven and carved items, hats, rattles, baskets and more.
The collection offers a glimpse into the S’Klallam cultural crafts that survived into the 20th century, and continue to be made today.
The Fulton-Wood Champagne Collection includes artifacts and objects that we were designed and created by Andrea Champagne. She was an active participant in the annual Intertribal Canoe Journey, as well as an artist. She created the artifacts in the collection as well as the designs that adorn them, including bentwood boxes, cedar baskets, objects made for her children as well as herself. Andrea was a proud member of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe (Fulton-Wood Family).
Andrea Reneé Champagne was born in Tacoma, WA on Sept. 26, 1969. She was the daughter of Sharon Champagne and the late Raymond A. Champagne Jr. Her grandparents were Marie Ester Tevey, the late Raymond A Champagne Sr., the late Fidencio S. Cobarruvias and Annie M. Wood Cobarruvias. Her children are Caleb L. Champagne Gray, Jacob L. Champagne Gray and Emmy N. Champagne Gray. Her siblings are Ms. Marie Champagne and Mrs. Victoria Champagne and brother-in-law Mr. Tim Hunter.
Andrea received a Bachelor’s degree in Math from the University of Central Arkansas and received her Associate’s degree from Pierce College with honors and became a registered nurse. She was continuing her education for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta. Andrea was awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree posthumously from the University of Washington-Tacoma.
The Fulton-Wood Champagne Collection was contributed by her family, to honor Andrea Champagne’s artwork and her dedication to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and its traditions. Her Tribal artwork—beadwork, weaving, sewing and more—were photographed for the Tribal archives in March 2013, shortly after her death on February 26.
According to Jerry Gorsline, editor of Shadows of Our Ancestors: Readings in the History of Klallam-White Relations, “(Myron Eells) made ethnographic collections and wrote extensively about the Indians under his charge. These writings constitute a valuable record of the Puget Sound Tribes in the midst of profound cultural change.”
In addition to his writings, Eells, who served as a missionary on the Skokomish Reservation from 1874-1907, collected art and artifacts. Much of Eells’ artifact collection ended up at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA (founded by his father), and some items remained in the hands of the family, eventually being sold to the owner of an art gallery specializing in Native American art and artifacts. These were well documented and stored for decades in archival containers. When they became available for sale, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe purchased them.
There are approximately 75 items in the Tribe’s Eells Collection, including combs, tools, knives, baskets, and a portion of a woman’s wedding headdress made of Russian blue trade beads and dentalium (shell).
When Battelle expanded its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Marine Research Operations at Washington Harbor in the 1980s near the site of the S’Klallam village known as sxʷčkʷiyŋ (Sequim), approximately 60 items, including a bone needle, were found.