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New logo showcases Puyallup identity

Dwayne Hohn and sister JoAnne Webb worked together to create the new logo for the Puyallup Tribe. Their logo was selected from a pool of designs from other tribal members. (Photo BY clare jensen)

Sister and brother team JoAnne Webb and Dwayne Hohn has developed the new face for the Puyallup Tribe.

After decades of using a salmon as the logo for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tribal Council sought applications for a new design to freshen up the Tribe’s image, making it more unique to Puyallup.

“You look at that fish, and it could be representing Canada, it could represent Alaska,” Dwayne Hohn said of the simple design that has represented Puyallup for so long.

“You look at our design, and it says the Northwest.”

The logo, selected by the council from nine other submissions, includes what JoAnne Webb and Dwayne Hohn see as symbols specific to the geography of the Puyallup Tribe.

“Even if you took away the word ‘Puyallup,’ you would know you are looking at Puyallup,” Dwayne Hohn affirmed.

The timeless design includes Mount Rainier, the Puyallup River, a canoe full of tribal members, an eagle and cedar boughs.

“We tried to think of our ancestors. What did they see? The Puyallup River, Mount Rainier, eagles, and they traveled by canoe,” JoAnne Webb said.

The canoe silhouette includes people and paddles at rest in the midst of the blue river. The image is taken directly from a photograph from a recent Culture Day event.

“We wanted to represent all tribal members in this,” Dwayne Hohn said.

The logo contest was advertised by the council through Puyallup Tribal News for close to two years. JoAnne Webb and Dwayne Hohn got together to brainstorm the design for a logo, which JoAnne drew, and submitted it on the last day entries were accepted.

They were notified that their logo was selected on Sept. 21.

“We are deeply humbled and honored that our logo was selected,” JoAnne Webb said.

She noted that at the time when the fish was first adopted as the Tribe’s logo, it was a meaningful symbol of the Tribe’s fight for their treaty rights.

“But I think it’s going to be refreshing for the membership to know we have our own stamp now,” Dwayne Hohn added.

Council has not yet determined when they will officially implement the use of the Tribe’s new logo.

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