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The mission of the Samish Language Program is to revitalize and reclaim the Samish Language (Xws7ámeshqen) to enrich spirituality, dignity, and identity. By educating all Samish in our language, we aim to preserve and strengthen our sovereignty, history, and cultural ways; to promote traditional values; and to improve the quality of life for the Samish people.

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Samish Language Program: 

The Xws7ámeshqen Program is authorized by Tribal Council to plan, develop, and implement the preservation and revitalization of Xws7ámeshqen with the additional goal to encourage tribal members to be Xws7ámeshqen teachers. As such, the Master Apprentice method (Hinton 2002) along with the 13 Moons Curriculum (Saanich) is being adapted for teacher training.

Additionally, the Xws7ámeshqen Program provides technical support to Samish staff and the Samish community, often on a person-to-person basis. By engaging at this level, the Xws7ámeshqen Program is able to tailor support to specific needs.

The Xws7ámeshqen Program is forever grateful for the interviews linguist Brent Galloway recorded more than twenty-five years ago with Victor Underwood Sr. and Lena Daniels, two fluent speakers of the Samish dialect. Their vocal gift offers each new generation the chance to keep their breath alive.

Samish Language Committee: 

The Samish Language Program is guided and advised by the Samish Language Committee. The committee welcomes new participants who are interested in revitalizing Xws7ámeshqen. During meetings, in addition to regular committee business, time is spent discussing Xws7ámeshqen education.

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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