NSC Indigenous Students Association shares new logo: tsi wəlís ''Tree-Frog Woman”
an elder and Northwest Coast Salish Artist of the Duwamish Tribe.
In Duwamish Culture, “Tree Frog Woman” (tsi’ wəlís) was a Spirit-Being. The Tree Frogs are her descendants. Tree Frog Woman was a Planter who cultivated and cared for a vast garden of Camas, one of the most important traditional foods.
The land where North Seattle College, a portion of Interstate 5, and the Northgate Mall are now located was once an 85-acre marshland, an abundant resource for the indigenous Duwamish First Nation.
This bountiful marshland was used for healing, hunting, and harvesting. The Duwamish First Nation called the marsh šłúqw’qid (Bald-Head) because no tall evergreen trees grew there.
Natural freshwater springs and therapeutic mineral springs, meandering streams and creeks, and rain forest run-off water kept this territory teeming with life, including plants, fish, mammals, and waterfowl. For the Duwamish, this was a destination site for many spiritual and social purposes, in addition to harvesting, hunting, fishing, and trapping.