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Tribal Historic Preservation

The Samish Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) provides consultation services to public and private agencies, works with other tribes and museums to implement the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and maintains and houses the archaeological collections. The THPO strives to build interagency relationships, protect and preserve Samish heritage and resources, and be a resource for local and tribal communities.

The Samish THPO actively participates in local and regional projects, conducts archaeological and project site visits, monitors archaeological sites, and conducts NAGPRA consultation. The THPO stays up-to-date on current happenings in Cultural Resource Management by attending regional conferences, meetings, and trainings and consults on projects at city, county, state, and federal levels.

Do you know what to do if you find an artifact?

It’s exciting to find an artifact and your first impulse will probably be to take it home with you. However, it’s against the law to knowingly disturb an archaeological site and this includes removing artifacts (RCW 27.53.060). Take a photo if you can and note its location so you can inform an archaeologist later. Artifacts are most useful to archaeologists when they’re in context (where they were originally placed/lost/dropped years ago). This is how we can try to determine its function and learn more about past lifeways. If you find an artifact on your own property, it’s legally yours and we still recommend leaving it in place and contacting an archaeologist or the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (https://dahp.wa.gov). 
 

Anacortes Pride

Anacortes,

Walk with Samish in the Anacortes Pride Parade.

Dates: 22 – 22 Jun, 2024

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Annual Elders Luncheon


Samish Elders and intertribal Elders are invited!

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2024

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Morning Social (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Gather at Fidalgo Bay Resort to chat and catch up.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Canoe Trips (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join the Samish Canoe Family for a short canoe trip in Fidalgo Bay.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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FULL - Salish Sea Háwe7 (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Explore the Samish homelands by water with Island Adventures.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Smoke Signals (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join virtually or in-person for a group streaming of Smoke Signals.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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General Council Meeting (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Samish is hosting the 2024 General Council meeting in person this year. We ask all participants to use the registration system ahead of the meeting date for event planning.

Dates: 30 Jun – 30 Jun, 2024

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Culture Talk: Canoe Journey (online)


Learn all about Canoe Journey and how this contemporary tradition brings together Indigenous nations from Alaska to Oregon.

Dates: 16 – 16 Jul, 2024

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Canoe Journey Landing (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Welcome Tribal Canoe Journey to Samish territory.

Dates: 25 Jul, 2024

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Canoe Journey Departure (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Send Tribal Canoe Journey from Samish territory with songs and well wishes.

Dates: 26 Jul, 2024

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Cypress Island Trip (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Spend an afternoon at Pelican Beach on Cypress Island.

Dates: 11 – 11 Aug, 2024

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Cypress Island Trip (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Spend an afternoon at Pelican Beach on Cypress Island.

Dates: 17 – 17 Aug, 2024

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Wild Waves (Federal Way)

Federal Way, WA

Gather for a fun day out with other Samish families and individuals.

Dates: 24 – 24 Aug, 2024

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Birch Bay Waterslides (Lynden)

Blaine, WA

Gather for a fun day out with other Samish families and individuals.

Dates: 24 – 24 Aug, 2024

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Book Club: 1491 (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann.

Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2024

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