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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). 
 

Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 24 – 24 Feb, 2024

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Baby Moccasins Midday Class (virtual)


Make a pair of buckskin baby moccasins.

Dates: 27 – 27 Feb, 2024

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Baby Moccasins Class (virtual) - FULL


Make a pair of buckskin baby moccasins.

Dates: 27 – 27 Feb, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 02 – 02 Mar, 2024

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Chat & Craft (virtual)


Join us for a casual evening to virtually meet with friends, work on crafts, and just generally have a good time.

Dates: 05 – 05 Mar, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual & In-Person Spring Gathering


Samish Elders Virtual & In-Person Spring Gathering

Dates: 08 – 08 Mar, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2024

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2-Day Wool Headband Class (in-person) - FULL


Learn to knit a wool headband during this 2-day class.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2024

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2-Day Wool Headband Class (in-person) - FULL


Learn to knit a wool headband during this 2-day class.

Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2024

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Book Club: The People of Cascadia (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “The People of Cascadia” by Heidi Bohan.

Dates: 12 – 12 Mar, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 23 – 23 Mar, 2024

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Self-Guided Homelands Tour (virtual)


Join us for the launch of our newest GIS StoryMap!

Dates: 26 – 26 Mar, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 30 – 30 Mar, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 06 – 06 Apr, 2024

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Book Club: Firekeeper's Daughter (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Firekeeper's Daughter” by Angeline Boulley.

Dates: 09 – 09 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 20 – 20 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 27 – 27 Apr, 2024

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Book Club: Red Paint (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk" by Sasha Lapointe.

Dates: 14 – 14 May, 2024

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Book Club: Native Seattle (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place” by Coll Thrush.

Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 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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