Chief Seattle Club’s ʔálʔal Cafe to serve Native American food

The cafe blends healthy ingredients with local culinary traditions.

SEATTLE – The first indigenous food cafe of its kind is coming to Pioneer Square.

ʔálʔal Café, open to the public on Tuesday, will feature traditional Indigenous dishes in a modern cafe setting.

Cafe manager and chef Anthony Johnson said: “Food is something that is extremely private to locals. It ties into a lot of stories about our origins and identities.”

The cafe is owned and operated by the Chief Seattle Club nonprofit, and 100% of the profits go back to the organization. It is located on the ground floor of the ʔálʔal housing complex, which provides affordable housing for indigenous people. ʔálʔal is from Lushootseed which means “house”.

The cafe will showcase authentic indigenous recipes and ingredients from various regions of the country, like Great Plains bison and Northwest salmon.

One of the cafe’s biggest goals is to promote the acceptance and visibility of local cuisines and cultures.

“Our bodies remember and our souls remember, and we can start to remove some of those layers of genocide and colonization and heal, you know, both on a level,” Johnson said. spiritually as well as on a physical level. “It’s so beautiful.”

The cafe space itself is also a visual feast of authentic indigenous artworks specially curated for the space. According to the cafe’s website, the current exhibit is on winter themes around respite.

Artist Roger Fernandez said: “I wanted this mural to reinterpret, identify the change of the world from the traditional Indigenous world, located on the left side. “And he was the key piece, defining the changing world into a new world where we live in a city, but we still have a lot of cultural elements around us.”

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Edmund DeMarche

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