In partnership with Salish Lodge & Spa, the Snoqualmie Tribe has announced that renovations of the former Falls Gift Shop are underway.
To highlight the significance of the Snoqualmie people and their heritage, the old shop is transforming into the Snoqualmie Falls sdukwalbixw Gift Shop and Visitor Center, with an anticipated opening coming in spring 2023.
“We truly value and celebrate our relationship with the Snoqualmie Tribe and are honored to be implementing more education around the cultural significance of the Falls to the Tribe,” Salish Lodge & Spa General Manager Alan Stephens said. “It is important for our visitors to learn about the Falls and the Tribe’s greater ancestral lands, and this effort brings that to life in a permanent and meaningful way.”
Snoqualmie Falls is sacred to the Snoqualmie Tribe. Before it purchased Salish Lodge and its surrounding lands in 2019 for $125 million to prohibit planned land development, the Tribe was already committed to the protection and preservation of the area.
“Over 2 million people travel from all over the world to visit our sacred site each year,” Snoqualmie Tribe chairman Robert M. de los Angeles said. “While they are here, we want to make sure they are aware of how important and sacred this site is to the Snoqualmie people, how we have cared for it since time immemorial, and the need to protect it from continued desecration. It is important that this story is told directly by the Tribe in a way that is authentic and educational, which is what makes this project so exciting.”
The new visitor center experience will emphasize the site’s history and the Snoqualmie Tribe’s long-standing culture and people. The renovation also will feature Snoqualmie Tribal art and a café with locally made treats for guests to enjoy.