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Samish Language Program

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.

Tribal members, log in to your member account for language lessons!

Make sure to come back soon! We will be adding QR Code based flashcards that you can put up around your house! Open your smartphone's camera app and aim at the QR Code to hear the Samish word.

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.

Elders Program Health Lecture Series: Medication Management

Anacortes, WA

Concerned about managing medication, not sure of the best options, come to our presentation from the Samish Health Department to learn more.

Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2019

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Samish Youth Trip to Cypress Island: Culture and Land Stewardship

Anacortes, WA

Overnight camping trip to Cypress Island for youth ages 8 - 18. RSVP by May 4.

Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2019

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Teaching of Cedar Part 3

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the third of three classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Dates: 08 – 08 Jun, 2019

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Salish Singing and Drumming - Part 1

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us to sing songs, practice drumming, and learn methods for singing in a Coast Salish style.

Dates: 09 – 09 Jun, 2019

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Elders Luncheon Planning Meeting

Anacortes, WA

It's our final week of preparations! Samish Elders Program Luncheon planning, organization and set-up will be happening all week.

Dates: 24 – 28 Jun, 2019

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Annual Samish Elders Luncheon

Anacortes, WA

Please RSVP to Katy with a count of Tribal Elders planning to attend. Open to regional Tribes of the Salish Sea.

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2019

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2nd Annual Samish Film Festival

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Two evenings of films and documentaries focused on native stories.

Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2019

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Salish Sea Háwe7- June

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

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June Cultural Day

Anacortes, WA 98221

A day of cultural activities and lunch.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

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Salish Singing and Drumming - Part 2

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us to sing songs, practice drumming, and learn methods for singing in a Coast Salish style.

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

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Birch Bay Waterslides

Blaine, WA 98230

You are invited for a day of fun at Birch Bay Waterslides!

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

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Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

Anacortes, WA

Tribal Canoe Journey lands at Samish!

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 traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 10 – 10 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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Mariners Salute to Native Americans

Seattle, WA 98134

Join the Seattle Mariners for Native American Night!

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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