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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). 
 
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Organization and Chat


Group to get together and discuss organization tips and tricks and other life events.

Dates: 13 Jan, 2021

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Yoga


One full hour led by a certified yoga instructor to get you up, moving, and connecting breath and body. Recommended for class: yoga mat or towel that won't slip, strap/neck tie/long sock, yoga block/stack of small books that won't fall over/small box that won't collapse.

Dates: 09 Apr, 2021

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Cedar Harvesting Talk


Cedar Harvesting Talk

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2021

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Cedar Harvesting Talk


Cedar Harvesting Talk

Dates: 15 – 15 Apr, 2021

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Beaded Necklaces


Beaded Necklaces

Dates: 20 – 20 Apr, 2021

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Beaded Necklaces


Beaded Necklaces

Dates: 22 – 22 Apr, 2021

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History Talk with Chairman Tom Wooten


History Talk with Chairman Tom Wooten

Dates: 27 – 27 Apr, 2021

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History Talk with Chairman Tom Wooten


History Talk with Chairman Tom Wooten

Dates: 29 – 29 Apr, 2021

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Drum Making


Drum Making

Dates: 04 – 04 May, 2021

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Drum Making


Drum Making

Dates: 06 – 06 May, 2021

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Traditional Medicines Talk


Traditional Medicines Talk

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2021

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Traditional Medicines Talk


Traditional Medicines Talk

Dates: 13 – 13 May, 2021

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Loom Beading


Loom Beading

Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2021

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Loom Beading


Loom Beading

Dates: 20 – 20 May, 2021

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Song and Drum Class


Song and Drum Class

Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2021

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Song and Drum Class


Song and Drum Class

Dates: 27 – 27 May, 2021

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Shawl Making


Shawl Making

Dates: 01 – 01 Jun, 2021

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Shawl Making


Shawl Making

Dates: 03 – 03 Jun, 2021

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Quarter Bags


Quarter Bags

Dates: 08 – 08 Jun, 2021

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Quarter Bags


Quarter Bags

Dates: 10 – 10 Jun, 2021

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Beaded Earrings


Beaded Earrings

Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2021

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Beaded Earrings


Beaded Earrings

Dates: 17 – 17 Jun, 2021

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Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering


Samish Elders Virtual Spring Gathering

Dates: 25 – 25 Jun, 2021

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