headers

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.’


Honoring Our Babies

Anacortes, Washington

Join us in honoring our babies born 2015 - 2018.

Dates: 19 – 19 Jan, 2019

Treaty Day

Anacortes, WA

A casual reading of a Samish play inspired by "A Question of Respect" regarding the signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott. This is going to be a working readers/writers group.

Dates: 20 – 20 Jan, 2019

Offices Closed - January 22nd

Anacortes, WA

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, January 22nd in recognition of the signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott We will reopen on Wednesday, January 23rd at 8:30am.

Dates: 22 Jan, 2019

Elders Program: Health Lecture Series: Emergency Preparedness

Anacortes, WA

Concerned about an emergency, come learn how to be prepared in your home for a disaster.

Dates: 24 – 24 Jan, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 1

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 09 – 10 Feb, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 1

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 09 – 09 Feb, 2019

Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey

Kent, WA

Come watch the Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Portland Winterhawks!

Dates: 23 – 23 Feb, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 2

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 2

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettles

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 3

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 3

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - TBD

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 4

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Camas and Cedar

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 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