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Stanwood - Tulalip Culture Featured at the Floyd November 19, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Snohomish Culture and History at the Floyd in Stanwood

The life and legacy of William Shelton (1868-1938), the last hereditary leader of the Snohomish people, will be the topic of the next History & Hors d’oeuvres on November 19, 2018 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood (27130 102nd Ave. NW).  Senior Curator of Collections at Tulalip’s Hibulb Cultural Center, Tessa Campbell, will present the story of this important figure in the history of her people and explain the significance of the vast collections he and his family left—gathered over three generations.  The program begins at 4 p.m. with refreshments followed by Ms. Campbell’s talk.  The event is free to the public although donations are welcome and encouraged.
William Shelton was a master carver who introduced story poles to the Coastal Salish people of the Puget Sound in 1912 as a way to preserve the traditions, culture and personal stories of his people which he incorporated into his magnificent carvings.  His poles and talks before school and community groups sought to build a bridge to the larger Anglo society even as he invigorated enthusiasm for Native knowledge and way of life.  That effort was later mirrored by his daughter Harriet Williams and grandson Wayne Williams.  The heritage that their family preserved is now housed in the Hibulb Cultural Center at Tulalip.  For more information about the event call 360-629-6110 or e-mail SAHSrh2@aol.com.