Daughter of Chief William Shelton -- the famed Tulalip storyteller, wood-carver, and cultural leader -- Harriette Shelton Williams Dover followed her father's fine example and invested her entire adult life into efforts to reintroduce various traditional aspects and practices of their native heritage. Among Harriette's many accomplishments was that of helping revive traditional dances, the Lushootseed language, and tribal appreciation for a proud past. In addition, Harriette served as the second female elected to the Tulalip Tribes' Board of Directors (and first Tribal Council Chairwoman), and she took a lead role in reestablishing the ancient First Salmon Ceremony at Tulalip -- the now-thriving reservation located just west of Marysville and north of Everett.
In 1904 Harriette (Hiahl-tsa) Shelton was born to William (Wha-cah-dub) Shelton (1869-1938) who was of Snohomish, Skay-whah-mish, Puyallup, and Wenatchee ancestry and Guemes Island's Ruth (Siastenu) Sehome (1857-1958) of the Klallam and Samish tribes.
Raised in relatively traditional ways on the Tulalip Reservation, she spoke primarily the Snohomish dialect of the Coast Salish language in her earliest years. As a child Harriette hauled water from the well and collected firewood for her kin group, learned to smoke salmon, pick wild berries, drink fresh stream water using a cup made from a Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) leaf, was taught to respect all tribal elders, and learned morals and ethics through the oral transmission of various legends. In fact, in about 1909 William's mother, Hat's Kol Litsa, took Harriette out on a walk along the old Tulalip Road one day and ventured into the woods where she made clandestine efforts to teach her young granddaughter the ancient Indian ways to connect with nature's spirits -- a forbidden act that, if discovered by the authorities, would have earned a term in the Tulalip jailhouse.
Created by: Darla Mays (Rodeogirl73)
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
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