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Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schlá7ngen

The mission and vision of the Chelángen Department is to create a cohesive tribal community with strong cultural ties while preserving, promoting, and protecting our traditions, culture, and language.

In November 2015, the Chelángen Department was created by bringing together existing positions into one department with the goal of helping us work more cohesively and efficiently. The Chelángen programs include: 

Mékw’Scháy7áw7xw tse Schelá7ngen: (The Cultural Department)

This word “schelá7ngen,” has a complex set of meanings, including:

  • One's Upbringing
  • One's Background or genealogy
  • One's Personal History
  • One's Tribal History
  • One's Culture & Heritage
  • One's Oral Traditions & Teachings

The earlier days of the Samish Tribe’s organization points to the preservation of traditions and culture of the Samish Tribe (Samish Constitution 1951, Articles 1-5). The present Council felt the need to carry on with those earlier traditions and culture with meaningful input of the Samish staff.

During the late summer, administrative staff held a number of sessions addressing the need for a coordinated effort of the staff with the ‘Samish culture under one house’ concept. In keeping with the ‘updated ways’ of traditions and culture, the Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schelá7ngen or “Cultural Department” was created.

The mékw’ scháy7áw7xw means ‘all offices,’ (e) tse schelá7ngen means ‘(of) the culture,’ therefore the Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schlá7ngen means ‘The Culture Department.’


Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 20 – 20 Sep, 2018
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Cultural Boat Trip - Sept

Anacortes
Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
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Native Film Festival

Anacortes
Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
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Huskies Native American Appreciation Night

Seattle
Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
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Native Film Festival

Anacortes
Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2018
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Wool Workshop 1 of 2

Anacortes
Dates: 29 – 30 Sep, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 04 – 04 Oct, 2018
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Upper Skagit Elder's Luncheon

Sedro Woolley
Dates: 11 – 11 Oct, 2018
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Wool Workshop 2 or 2

Anacortes
Dates: 13 – 14 Oct, 2018
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Nooksack Elder's Luncheon

Everson
Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2018
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Artists Studio Tour

Anacortes
Dates: 20 – 21 Oct, 2018
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Beading

Anacortes
Dates: 27 – 28 Oct, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 01 – 01 Nov, 2018
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Píxwel Esq’áplh/Fall Camp Samish

Oak Harbor
Dates: 02 – 04 Nov, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 15 – 15 Nov, 2018
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Harvest Meal

Anacortes
Dates: 17 – 17 Nov, 2018
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Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes
Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 29 – 29 Nov, 2018
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Everett Silvertips

Everett
Dates: 01 – 01 Dec, 2018
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Crafts and Community Potlucks

Anacortes
Dates: 13 – 13 Dec, 2018
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Christmas Party

Anacortes
Dates: 16 – 16 Dec, 2018
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