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Cultural Connections & Outreach

Our Cultural Connections and Outreach Programs are designed around the belief that a strong sense of self-worth is built through a clear knowledge of who we are, who and where we come from, as well as where we are going. We all need to feel useful and we need to feel that we have a purpose.

Goals:

  • To strengthen community bonds and increase resilience of individuals.
  • To encourage balanced lives that result in making positive life choices.
  • To increase opportunities for youth and elders to feel connected have increased self-esteem, and sense of self-worth.

The Chelángen Dept supports members by:

  • Having cultural classes
  • Offering stipends to help members go to NNABA or Hazel Pete
  • Offering family-fun activities like the cultural boat trip, Mariners game, Camp Samish, Canoe Journey, and the Samish Christmas party
  • Helping with the Elders Luncheon and the Cultural Day in June

Collaboration:

  • We work with the Education Program and Samish Early Learning Center, area public school students, and college students
  • We refer members to Samish Social Services, Housing Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation to meet needs of members
  • Please contact our programs if you have ideas to share!

Cultural Training Stipends:
In order to receive a stipend for cultural classes or workshops, please contact Sally Barrett a month prior to the workshop. We no longer do reimbursements. Per the Culture Committee, each household is eligible for two stipends each year. We require proof of attendance which could include a copy of your registration, a kit receipt, or a photo of yourself at the workshop. 

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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