hiyu máh-si

“many thanks”, Chinook jargon

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport recognizes and respects the original inhabitants of the Pacific. Our staff and crew are committed to acknowledging the complex and often painful legacy of colonialism committed by early explorers, and the trauma that the sight of a tall ship can evoke upon Indigenous communities.

We actively seek opportunities to build positive relationships with the Indigenous nations whose lands and waters we visit. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is humbled by the generous offers we have received for Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to participate in traditional greetings and healing ceremonies. We appreciate these opportunities to come together and celebrate the rich maritime traditions we share.

Our organization is determined to honor to the Native Peoples of the Pacific through sharing Indigenous knowledge in our education programs, providing scholarship and career training to tribal youth, and pursuing collaborative programs whenever possible. By coming together to recognize our history, we are creating relationships that will change our future.

If you are a member of an Indigenous community and would like to connect with the tall ships, please email us at hello@historicalseaport.org.

Our Commitments to Indigenous Peoples:

  • We will not use inflammatory language, slurs, or derogatory images to represent Native peoples.
  • We will not appropriate tribal cultures.
  • We will not attempt to speak for Indigenous communities which we are not members of.
  • We will not suggest Euro-American accounts of history are “more valid” or “more factual” than those of Indigenous communities.
  • We will not try to minimize the impact of Euro-American encroachment and colonialism.
  • We will not assign blame, try to justify violence, or suggest whose atrocities were the worst.
  • We will not make assumptions about tribal culture, religion, tradition, or identity.

Recent Collaborations


  • Taholah Elementary School students to participate in Voyage of Explorers field trip – Aberdeen, WA
  • Booth at Tribal Canoe Journeys to discuss field trips, volunteering, and maritime careers through SSNW – Puyallup, WA
  • Gift exchange and dinner celebrations between tall ship crews and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians – Coos Bay, OR


  • Presentation to Quinault Tribal Council on maritime education and careers for tribal youth – Taholah, WA
  • Purchased artwork from Doug James of Quinault Nation for administrative offices at Seaport Landing –Aberdeen, WA
  • Greeting and ceremonies between tall ships and canoes of Coquille and Confederated Tribes – Coos Bay, OR
  • Shoalwater Bay Tribe becomes sponsor of Seaport Landing – Aberdeen, WA