Gathering at Hozomeen

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 Upper 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 tribal and first nations 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 mined historically for tool-making only at Hozomeen Mountain and has been archaeologically re-discovered and documented in places like La Connor, Washington, Lytton, BC, Chilliwack, BC and others. These historic tribal and first nation peoples share a travel and trading history connecting them at Hozomeen.


Video Documentary: A Gathering At Hozomeen

This 45 minute video documentary tells the story of the September 2009 event at International Point, called the Gathering at Hozomeen.


We are grateful for the participation of these partners.

The Hozomeen Gathering event succeeded in large part because of the contribution of these people:

  • 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!