The nisqually Indian people lived in the natural and undisturbed habitat at the time, the nisqually people called themselves Squally-absch.
Grouping together in bands and villages they lived in houses made from the cedar tree.
They built their houses beside the freshwater outlets that flowed into and mixed with the saltwater of puget sound therein lay the home of the salmon the mainstay of the Indian diet prairie lands bordered both sides of the lower reaches of the nisqually river and extended far into the forested foothills .
They made clothes out of cedar bark and deer furs gathered during the summer trek the women wove their baskets from spruce roots and cedar bark and fashioned mats made from carefully prepared dried cattails catching salmon in the river was a never ending job for them menfolk of the village.
Almost any time of the year the nisqually would go out on the sandy beaches to gather clams oysters and geoducks and cook them over the hot rocks found in their cooking fires in a constant pursuit of food the nisqually would concentrate first on the food found on the prairies.
The bones were made into tools small animals such as beaver rabbit or squirrel were roasted for a quick meal small bits of their fur were used for decorations birds were caught by stringing nets between two trees where the pheasant and the grouse would become entangled and would make a nice meal.