The ENR Department began making Story Maps as a form of multimedia education. These Story Maps are made and powered by the ArcGIS StoryMaps program.

Each Story Map tells a different story about the natural world that we share. Follow the links in the buttons below to each individual StoryMap. Once you’ve entered a StoryMap, scroll through the information and media to learn more about projects that are important to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

For more information regarding these StoryMaps, how they were made, or how to use them, please contact our GIS Department at

"Recreation Impacts on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands" StoryMap

Lake Sammamish: Restoring Culture and Life back to an Urban Landscape

This StoryMap gives an overview of the Snoqualmie Tribe’s presence and history in the region. The Snoqualmie Tribe has maintained Snoqualmie life-ways that are in connection with the land’s natural balance. At the center of this story is the Tribe’s connection to Lake Sammamish and the ongoing work that is being done to restore the lake’s natural habitat.

We raise our hands and thank our ancestors, elders and teachers who carried this work before us and opened the way for our future work.”

Snoqualmie Soundscape: Immerse Yourself in Some of the Sounds of the Snoqualmie Tribe's Ancestral Lands

This StoryMap from the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement allows the user to immerse themselves in some of the sounds of the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Ancestral Lands. It contains a web map displaying locations and their place names, as well as the Lushootseed pronunciations of those place names, and the ambient sounds you might hear in those locations.

“What is today known as the Meadowbrook Farm and Tollgate area is known to the Snoqualmie Tribe as baqʷab, Snoqualmie Prairie, where camas and other traditional foods and medicines were tended by traditional burning and harvest practices. Though much of the landscape has changed, the sounds of wildlife present at this site have not.”

Recreation Impacts on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands

This StoryMap from the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement focuses on the impacts that outdoor recreation has on tribal ancestral lands. In addition to an in-depth look at greenspace buffer zones for the local resident elk population, this StoryMap provides a range of recreational impacts to tribal natural resources. In conclusion, the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement offers several call to actions, including a data collection tool for users to report recreational impacts directly to the Ancestral Lands Movement, and other resources to learn more about these topics.

“Throughout Washington State and beyond, outdoor recreation has significant negative impacts on resources that are essential to Indian tribes. Tribal resources impacted by outdoor recreation include the ancestral lands of all Washington tribes including sacred sites which have spiritual, ceremonial and traditional significance dating back to time immemorial.”

Finding Reciprocity in Restoration Restoration Practices of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

This StoryMap from the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Environmental & Natural Resources Department demonstrates how restoration is inherently a process of reciprocity. The Snoqualmie Peoples and other local Tribes have been stewards of Western Washington since time immemorial, and that work is still continued today. This StoryMap includes a historical perspective as well as before and after views of restoration activity.

“The Snoqualmie Tribe lives by the teachings passed down from our ancestors. We are made with the land, not separate from it. This thought comes from the teaching of always acknowledging those who came before and those still to come. We are who we are today because of those teachers who came before us and we are shaping the future for generations still to come.”

This StoryMap is dedicated to the memory of Buzz Cloud, thank you for your passion, dedication, and insight. We strive to honor the legacy of all that have come before us and continue the work today.

Back to our Roots: Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Forest 1st Wapato Planting

This StoryMap from Tribal employees Josh Fackrell and Wayne Graika comes from a personal place of connection between Tribal Members Josh and Wayne and their experience with traditional harvesting. The highlight of this story is the spəqʷulc, or wapato, and its edible tuber that has historically been sustainably harvested by the Snoqualmie Peoples. This StoryMap features Lushootseed pronunciations, comments on food sovereignty, and a wholistic perspective of the gifts and animal relatives that the wetlands provides to us.

“The Snoqualmie tribe has gone “Back to our Roots” quite literally, through harvesting an indigenous plant named the spəqʷulc… The spəqʷulc, also known as Wapato, ‘Indian potato’ or ‘duck potato,’ is just that – a potato- though this potato is more than that to the Snoqualmie Tribe; it serves as a connection to our ancestors who would harvest it for food.”