Culture Archives - Salish Current

Library … plus: today’s version provides much more than books

February 27, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

The new Mount Vernon Commons will open its library this summer  with meeting spaces, a commercial kitchen, parking and library services housed in a cutting-edge building.

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Tribal right to fish in ‘usual and accustomed’ areas comes with complexity

February 23, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

Tribal treaty rights to fish in usual and accustomed fishing areas have had unintended consequences.

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Tribes 101: About the Native nations that share geography with Washington state

February 5, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

In upholding treaties as part of the “supreme Law of the Land,” the Boldt Decision of 1974 reaffirmed treaty law and tribal sovereignty — concepts still not universally understood.

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‘Boys in the Boat’ and the politics of the 1936 Berlin Olympics

January 8, 2024
Joel Connelly

Leni Riefenstahl’s brilliant, controversial documentary, “Olympia,” on the 1936 “Nazi Olympics” in Berlin revealingly captures the rowing triumph of a team from the University of Washington.

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Local festivals, theaters — and movie lovers — boost independent films

November 13, 2023
Aria Nguyen

Not just cozy portals to other realities, local independent theaters and film festivals provide pathways to exposure for otherwise unheard voices — and sometimes to huge success for filmmakers.

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Barrier-breaking art showcased at Western Gallery

November 6, 2023
Questen Inghram

“Himalaya to Cascadia: Transcending Boundaries” spans mediums and continents — and seeks to break cultural barriers.

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Jazz Center of Bellingham finds a new groove and growth

October 30, 2023
Alexa Peters / KNKX Public Radio

With key grant funding, an enthusiastic board and a new home for its performances, the Jazz Center of Bellingham is experiencing an upswing.

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Keeper of archival treasures has ‘the coolest job’

October 16, 2023
John M. Harris

One of the “coolest” jobs around is held by the keeper of the Whatcom Museum’s photography archive of 200,000 images — from the Kinseys, Carver and many more.

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Pickford film documents launch of news startup with nontraditional lens

October 6, 2023
Matt Benoit

“Breaking the News” documents the challenges of launching a nonprofit news agency during a global pandemic and sociopolitical upheaval.

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State book award finalists include four Whatcom authors

September 5, 2023
Dean Kahn

Rena Priest, Clyde Ford, Caitlin Scarano and Tom Crestodina have been named finalists from among 242 entries for Washington State Book Awards.

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Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut celebration is a call to action

August 28, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

A celebration of life for Southern Resident orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut was a call to action as well as a remembrance.

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Lummi Nation prepares for Sk’aliCh’elh’tenaut’s return home

August 25, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

The remains of captive Southern Resident orca whale Sk’aliCh’elh’tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) will be laid to rest in the waters where her orca pod still resides much of the year.

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Pandemic’s past but local theaters are (cautiously) optimistic

August 11, 2023
Matt Benoit

Post-COVID theater attendance lags but new alignments and venues promise a brighter future.

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With hard-earned acceptance, Sikh community flourishes on both sides of border

June 23, 2023
Catherine Skrzypinski

South Asians in the Pacific Northwest reflect on the different journeys Sikhs took while making the United States and Canada home.

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Quiet, once-quirky Edison emerges changed post-pandemic

June 2, 2023
Anna Ferdinand

Change, along with opportunities and tensions, comes with a new bookshop, a brew pub and an artists cooperative in a town of 264.

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Office stack planned to replace historic building on onetime Poor Farm site

May 26, 2023
Matt Benoit

Whatcom County’s process to demolish a past work farm and nursing home site to build government offices is underway.

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