Gathering at Hozomeen
September 12, 13, 2009. Hozomeen Gathering Public Archaeology event at Ross Lake.
On September 12 and 13, 2009 the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission invited Washington and BC First Nations, archaeologists, anthropologist and other interested people to gather at International Point in the Skagit Valley.
This two-day ‘Gathering at Hozomeen’ focused on understanding and honoring the long history of Indigenous Nation involvement in the Upper Skagit River Watershed.
The event included demonstrations of traditional activities, tours on Ross Lake, interpretive walks, displays, speakers and celebration. Throughout the two-day program there were opportunities to share knowledge and stories about this unique mountain landscape.
The following video clip tells the story of Hozomeen Chert, a unique flint rock from Hozomeen Mountain, utilized historically for tool-making that has been archaeologically recorded in places like La Connor, Washington, Lytton, BC, Chilliwack, BC and others.
This 45 minute video documentary tells the story of the September 2009 event at International Point, called the Gathering at Hozomeen.
- Photos of Hozomeen and the surrounding area have been generously shared with us here.
Photo credits: Justin Brown, Jewel Leuba, Rachel Wiersma.
We are grateful for the participation of these partners.
- North Cascades National Park Complex
- Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
- North Cascades Institute
- British Columbia Ministry of Environment
- Seattle City Light
These individuals are among the many who contributed significantly to help The Gathering event succeed. Notably Bob Mierendorf - Chief Archaeologist North Cascades National Park Complex, Laura Wee Lay Laq - cultural educator, Sonny McHalsie and Dave Schaepe - Sto:lo Resource Centre Chilliwack.
Thank you everyone!