Whatcom Community College is located on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. 

The Maiden of Deception Pass, Guardian of Her Samish People documentary film is viewed in class. It is also 

available on the Reserve shelf of the WCC Library.

The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located on Rosario Beach in Washington State.

Cedar wood sculpture of Ko-kwahl-alwoot 

Rosario Beach (WA)

Samish, Skagit, and Swinomish land 

Read and/or listen to the tale here and/or here. Note: this will familiarize you with the story, but not with the 

content of the documentary film Maiden of Deception Pass, Guardian of Her Samish People.

Post-viewing questions for Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People

1. What is the purpose of this documentary?

2. Who was Ko-kwal-alwoot?

3. What is the significance of the Ko-kwal-alwoot story to the Samish people?

4. What is the significance of the family in Samish culture?

5. Why was the story pole created? Be specific.

6. Did a member of the Samish Indian Nation carve the story pole?

7. For a long period of time, the Samish people were not recognized as a tribe by the United States federal
   government. Why?

8. Why did so many Samish people move away from the region where they had lived for so long?

9. Who is Tracy Powell and what was his initial reaction when he first saw the log for the story pole?

10. Where is the story pole located?

11. What do the two sides of the story pole represent?

12. What is the significance to the Samish Indian Nation of the Maiden of Deception Pass story pole 


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