Chelángen Department

The mission and vision of the Chelángen Department is to create a cohesive tribal community with strong cultural ties while preserving, promoting, and protecting our traditions, culture, and language.

In November 2015, the Chelángen Department was created by bringing together existing positions into one department with the goal of helping us work more cohesively and efficiently. Our department puts on all of the cultural classes, events, and gatherings. In 2020, with the global pandemic, we've gone completely online with our gatherings. Check out the Events Calendar to see what's offered.

If you are in need of cultural or spiritual assistance, please reach out to our Chelángen Resources Specialist, Trish who can help connect you with the appropriate people or resources.

Meet the Chelángen Department

Jackie Ferry, Chelángen Dept Director and THPO

My background is in archaeology: I have an M.A. in Landscape Archaeology and spent 7 years working for cultural resources firms in the Pacific Northwest and Great Plains before starting at Samish as the Cultural Resources Manager in 2010. In 2014, we successfully applied to become a Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and in 2015, I was promoted to director when we formed the Chelángen Dept.

Jason Ticknor, Archivist

My background is in archives and history: I have an M.A. in History, with a specialization in Archives. After several internships and a Records Management job, I was hired as the Samish Archivist in February of 2008. I have worked at Samish for over 12 years, facilitating various projects, aiding researchers, and working with the Samish historical collections.

Cheryl Chatt, Samish Library Assistant

I am a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Skagit Valley College, and I hold a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington. I am a 6th generation Skagitonian whose Samish ancestors have lived here since time immemorial. I have a deep sense of this place and the people that I come from. My career in public education began in 1990. From 1998-2018, I ran an elementary school library and expanded the library collection to benefit all students. I am proud to now be the Samish Library Assistant and am excited to help visitors to the library find just the right material that they are looking for. Hóy7sxwq'e.

Anna Bromberger Wightman, Chelángen Events Planner

I was born and raised in the Skagit Valley, in the Sedro Woolley area. I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in International Studies in 2011, and a MA in Creative and Cultural Business from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016. I have worked in event planning since I was a small child, helping with the Skagit Valley Highland Games, to working as the Events Manager of a boutique hotel on Whidbey Island to my current role as Chelángen Events Planner at Samish.

Patricia Breckenridge, Chelángen Resources Specialist

Hello everyone, I am a tribal citizen of Samish; I come from the Wooten, Matthews, and Cayou family lines. I live on the Swinomish reservation with my husband Dean Dan, Jr and our two kids Conner and Britteny.  I’m a member to the Swinomish Smoke House going on 17 years now. Most of my Cultural teachings come from the Cayou family and from many, many elders from all the tribes around here. As we grow, we never stop learning. Every day we wake up is a school day. No matter how old we get will never know it all. I look forward to meeting you and learning everything we can together.

Jan Flagg, Cultural Knowledge Elder

Bio coming soon!

The word “schelá7ngen" (noun) or "chelá7ngen" (verb) has a complex set of meanings, including one's upbringing, background or genealogy, personal history, tribal history, culture and heritage, oral traditions and teachings.