Snoqualmie Tribe Culture Department

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ in our native language) consists of Native Americans from the Puget Sound region of Washington State. We are the People of the Moon. Tribal members have lived in the Puget Sound region since time immemorial. Long before explorers came to the Pacific Northwest, our people hunted deer and elk, fished for salmon, and gathered berries and wild plants for food and medicine.

 

Today, many live in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Monroe. Tribal members were signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855, which reserved Native American Tribes in the Puget Sound area, including Snoqualmie, the right to hunt, fish, and live in the places they had done so for thousands of years.

 

In-Person Culture Classes

All classes are open to Tribal Members and their families.

The Culture Department is offering in-person Culture Classes to all Tribal Members and their families. Each class will focus on a different project and will provide a meal. Wearing a mask during class is encouraged. If you are feeling unwell or sick, please consider staying home.

In-person Culture Classes will occur one Saturday a month starting in January 2023. These classes include Medicine Bags & Moccasins, Drums, Turtle Rattles and Rawhide Rattles, Salves, Regalia Shawls and Vests, Cedar Headbands, and Beading.

Online Lushootseed Language Classes

All classes are open to enrolled Snoqualmie Tribal Members and their families. Caregivers of Snoqualmie Tribal youth are also encouraged to sign up.

For the Lushootseed Language Classes we are asking that the participants be middle school aged or older to participate on their own. Younger students will need to have an adult learning alongside them to help.

Lushootseed Language Classes in 2022 are scheduled for Tuesdays at 1 PM for returning students and on Thursdays at 1 PM for new and returning students. Private sessions can also be scheduled for individuals or groups on their preferred day, time, and frequency of lessons.

Online Song Sharing & Drumming Classes

All classes are open to Tribal Members and their families.

The Culture Department is offering online Drumming, Singing and Song Sharing to all Tribal Members and their families. This gathering is intended for those wanting to practice, learn songs and for those that would like to share their own songs for use at tribal gatherings.

The online gatherings are scheduled for Wednesday evenings @ 6pm-7pm and may go a bit longer.

Upcoming Gatherings

Harvesting Outings for Tribal Members

 

Are you interested in harvesting activities with our Culture Department? Harvesting is a great way to practice being mindful while also enjoying the outdoors. We recognize that harvesting, and sharing cultural experiences, is a part of our treaty rights and the Culture Department wants to help make these activities more accessible to you. At each outing we will provide snacks and water, and any tools that may be needed.

If you would like to RSVP for a Harvesting Outing please contact:
wayne.graika@snoqualmietribe.us
keith.thorson@snoqualmietribe.us