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New Emerald Queen Casino features artwork created by Puyallup Tribal members

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

By Puyallup Tribal News staff

Editor’s note: This is the second in the series, showcasing the newly installed Coast Salish artwork at the new Emerald Queen Casino. This month’s profile is on Puyallup Tribal member Anthony Duenas.

“I have been doing artwork since I can remember,” saidAnthony Duenas, Puyallup Tribal member.

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He attributes some of his early interest in art from drawingcartoons such as “The Jetsons” and “The Flintstones,” which allowed him to honehis skills, which can be seen throughout the new Emerald Queen Casino.

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Duenas hopes his story will help encourage youth to tryartwork.

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“Don’t be scared to draw – there is no right or wrong way todo art,” he said.

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Duenas has been working with the Coast Salish art form sincethe early 2000s. He has several notablepieces inside and outside of the casino.

A massive mural

Near the main entrance, you can see Duenas’s biggest mural,measuring 174.5 feet long by 30 feet high. Duenas had to grid the lines of the entireproject, which allowed him to scale the artwork to the appropriate size.


Once that was finished, he proceeded to do the whole muralentirely free hand with spray paint. “I have never done anything this bigbefore,” Duenas said.

Doing the artwork at such a great height required the use ofa lift to get him there, which caused a lot of movement while he painted. “Thelift was moving and swaying around,” Duenas recalled.


The mural’sdesign elements represent the ancestors and history of the tribe. It’s adepiction of bone games.

Bones gameshave been part of the Puyallup Tribe’s rich culture since time immemorial. Thegame would be played for fun, ceremonially, to settle arguments, and wouldoften include a form of gambling.

Duenas had a rare opportunity to create the outdoor piecealong with his brothers Chris and Daniel.

The moon along with the salmon designs can be seen whiledriving into Tacoma, from I-5 South. This design was done on vinyl and was laidout according to the vectored work done from Duenas’s sketches. Having an opportunityto work with his brothers on such a massive project was “very cool,” said Duenas.

Other featured artwork at the casino

Duenas rendered a butterfly and salmon, which can be seen onvinyl stickers throughout the glass on the casino floor. The designs look likeetched glass.

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In addition, Duenas also has three prints in the Waterway Deli,which are of an eagle, salmon and bear. It is hung in a way to symbolize who would get to eat the salmon first.

The animals are “essentially fighting over dinner,” he said.

Duenas said it feels great to have his artwork featured inthe new casino.

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“My kids will see it, their kids will see it, my nieces andnephews will see it – family three generations from now will say, ‘My familydid that,’” said Duenas. “It’s great. It’s a wonderful feeling.”