Near Oak Harbor in Island County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Skagit, a stately society
The people here hunted deer and ducks with nets, farmed edible camas, maintained fields of wild berries, and dug horse clams in front of Monroe’s landing.
This potlatch house stood near Monroe’s Landing until about 1910. The traditional potlatch, or sgw’igw’i, was an occasion for relatives, friends, and different tribes to gather for ceremonies, feasting, and demonstrating strength and wealth during the winter season. The host distributed gifts to all those who attended. The guests then invited participants to celebrations at their home villages.
The sgw’igw’i brought status to the giver and gave distant people a chance to exchange ideas. Mountain goat wool and horn from the Cascade Mountains were brought by Upper Skagit people and exchanged for dentalium and decorative shell, News was also exchanged.
Erected by Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is located at Monroe's Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1293 Penn Cove Road, Oak Harbor WA 98277, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Zylstra Law Office (approx. 1.4 miles away); Original Home of Seattle’s Best Coffee (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Jolly Boat (approx. 1.4 miles away); Keeping the Alexander Blockhouse alive!!! (approx. 1.4 miles away); Col. Isaac Neff Ebey – Rebecca Whitey Ebey (approx. 1˝ miles away); Remaining Blockhouses of Central Whidbey (approx. 2.6 miles away); Davis Blockhouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mary Barrett (approx. 2.6 miles away).
Categories. • Native Americans •
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