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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.’


A Visit from Equinox Research & Consulting

by Chelángen | Dec 23, 2019

a meeting learning about salish baskets as much as 1400 years old

On Sept 14, Kelly Bush from Equinox Research and Consulting, Inc. gave a lunchtime show and tell about basketry found   during excavations for the new Clean Water Treatment Facility in Oak Harbor. Organic finds such as basketry aren’t common and this was a particularly lucky find, noticed during backhoe monitoring.

A small segment of the basketry was sent for   testing and results indicate that it dates to 1,400 years old!


A basket fragment carefully preserved.

The remainder has been carefully preserved and will be curated at the Burke Museum in Seattle.


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