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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.’


Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Trauma Balm Class

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 26 – 26 Mar, 2019

Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Medicinal Tea Bags

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 11 – 11 Apr, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 3

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle! This workshop is an extended series across several weekends.

Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Part 2

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the second of two classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettles

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Trauma Balm Class

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 09 – 09 May, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 4

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Youth Rock Climbing

Burlington, WA 98233

Youth ages 8 - 18 are going indoor rock climbing!

Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2019

Elders Program Health Lecture Series: Medication Management

Anacortes, WA

Concerned about managing medication, not sure of the best options, come to our presentation from the Samish Health Department to learn more.

Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2019

Samish Youth Trip to Cypress Island: Culture and Land Stewardship

Anacortes, WA

Overnight camping trip to Cypress Island for youth ages 8 - 18. RSVP by May 4.

Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2019

Elders Luncheon Planning Meeting

Anacortes, WA

It's our final week of preparations! Samish Elders Program Luncheon planning, organization and set-up will be happening all week.

Dates: 24 – 28 Jun, 2019

Annual Samish Elders Luncheon

Anacortes, WA

Please RSVP to Katy with a count of Tribal Elders planning to attend. Open to regional Tribes of the Salish Sea.

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2019

2nd Annual Samish Film Festival

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Two evenings of films and documentaries focused on native stories.

Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2019

Cultural Boat Trip - June

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

June Cultural Day

Anacortes, WA 98221

A day of cultural activities and lunch.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

Birch Bay Waterslides

Blaine, WA 98230

You are invited for a day of fun at Birch Bay Waterslides!

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

Anacortes, WA

Tribal Canoe Journey lands at Samish!

Dates: 23 – 24 Jul, 2019

Youth Backpacking

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Youth Backpacking for ages 8 - 18. RSVP by July 8.

Dates: 02 – 04 Aug, 2019

Cultural Boat Trip - August

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Cattail

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

Wild Waves

Federal Way, WA 98003

Join us for day of fun in the water!

Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2019

Camp Samish

Bow, WA, 98232

We will have cultural crafts, language learning, storytelling, and more!

Dates: 22 – 25 Aug, 2019