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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.’


Tribal Canoe Journey Landing

Anacortes, WA

Tribal Canoe Journey is landing in our territory at Seafarer's Memorial Park in Anacortes.

Dates: 23 – 24 Jul, 2019

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Youth Backpacking

Anacortes, WA, 98221

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

Dates: 02 – 04 Aug, 2019

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Salish Sea Háwe7 - 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

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Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Cattail

Anacortes, WA

Learn about Cattail and how to harvest them.

Dates: 11 – 11 Aug, 2019

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Samish Colon Cancer Awareness and Prevention Fun Run and Walk

Anacortes, WA

The 2019 Samish Colon Cancer Awareness & Prevention 5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk is a tribal and community-wide event to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention of cancer through regular screenings.

Dates: 17 – 17 Aug, 2019

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Wild Waves

Federal Way, WA 98003

Join us for day of fun in the water!

Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2019

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Camp Samish

Bow, WA, 98232

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

Dates: 22 – 25 Aug, 2019

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RESCHEDULED: Cypress Island Youth Trip

Anacortes, WA

Overnight camping trip to Cypress Island for youth ages 8 - 18. RSVP by August 27

Dates: 07 – 08 Sep, 2019

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Mariners Salute to Native Americans

Seattle, WA 98134

Celebrate the Mariners’ Salute to Native American Night in this game against the Cincinnati Reds!

Dates: 12 – 12 Sep, 2019

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Bentwood Boxes

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make your own Bentwood Box.

Dates: 14 – 15 Sep, 2019

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Cattail Weaving

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Come make cattail mats with us! Please RSVP by September 6 so we can have enough supplies on hand.

Dates: 14 – 15 Sep, 2019

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Cedar Ornaments - Part 1

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make cedar ornaments!

Dates: 14 – 14 Sep, 2019

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Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettle Stock

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 14 – 15 Sep, 2019

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Husky Football

Seattle, WA 98195

University of Washington takes on the University of Southern California!

Dates: 28 – 28 Sep, 2019

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Beading

Anacortes, WA

Come bead with us!

Dates: 12 – 13 Oct, 2019

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Seasonal Plant Harvesting

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Cedar Ornaments - Part 2

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make cedar ornaments!

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Pine Needle Baskets

Anacortes, WA

Learn how to make a pine needle basket!

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Harvest Meal

Anacortes, WA

Celebrate autumn with a shared meal and good company!

Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2019

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Christmas Party

Anacortes, WA 98221

Celebrate the winter season and its holiday cheer!

Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2019

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