In recognition of National Indigenous People's Day, the Seahawks partnered with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to create a custom T-Shirt that was distributed to Muckleshoot Community members at an event featuring appearances by Blue Thunder and the Seahawks Dancers.
The shirt, which was designed by Muckleshoot Tribal Artist Keith Stevenson, celebrates the history of tribal design in the Seahawks logo while adding Coast Salish design elements to make it more contemporary and to honor the culture and artistic value of the Muckleshoot people.
"The design turned out beautiful," said Tribal Council Chair Donny Stevenson. "It honors the culture and history of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, it also honors the proud tradition of the Seattle Seahawks. It came together in an amazingly beautiful and powerful way."
The custom T-shirt, which was also distributed to Seahawks employees, uses elements of Coast Salish design that, as Stevenson put is, "Is one of the most beautiful artforms in the world…The entirety of the imagery is taken from three individual shapes so that every component you see in Salish design is either positive or negative space created by one of those three shapes. When you put them together, you can represent virtually any real-world thing."
The Seahawks' connection to the local Native American community dates back to the team's founding and the design of the team's logo, which was inspired by Formline art, and continues today with the team's partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
"I couldn't be more proud to be collaborating and partnering with the Seattle Seahawks to represent Indigenous People's Day," Donny Stevenson said. "… That relationship and that collaboration works specifically because of the values that our two organizations represent, that we're about doing the right things the right way, and honoring all that's come before to produce a successful future. I'm really proud of that relationship between the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the Seattle Seahawks, and I think it works on so many different levels.
"You'll never find a more ardent group of Seahawks fans than you will in Indian country, and specifically here at Muckleshoot. We're 12s to the core, and we're all about representing the Seattle Seahawks."
The Seattle Seahawks distributed T-shirts to celebrate the Muckleshoot community and recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. The T-shirt was designed by a member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, incorporating the Seahawks logo and Coast Salish design elements.