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Native American Heritage Patch-Pacific Northwest Edition for C/S/A - Self-led (Apr-Jun2022)

Fri Apr 01, 12:00 AM - Thu Jun 30, 11:59 PM PDT
Life Skills
Ambassadors, Seniors, Cadettes

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassadors, as change agents you are charged with understanding the past, experiencing the present, and making the world a better place for all in the future. Social Justice issues have been in the forefront of the media-Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, and more.  Social Justice for Indigenous Peoples in the Pacific Northwest, the US, and the world remains in the background. With this self-led patch program, you will get a glimpse into the history and culure of Native American Tribes/Nations of the Pacific Northwest but also many of the Social Justice issues facing our Indigenous neighbors.   

There are 29 federally recognized Native American Tribes/Nations and 5 non-federally recognized in the boundaries of Girl Scouts of Western Washington and many more throughout British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.  This self-led patch program for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts provides a glimpse into the heritage of these original dwellers of the land.  

Throughout this program you will find things to read, listen to, video links to watch, hands-on activities and discussions to have as you proceed.  

In learning about Pacific Northwest Native Heritage, it is important not to appropriate their cultures. Culture refers to the traditions, customs, beliefs, and practices of any given ethnic, racial, or religious group. This could include elements such as art, music, dance, stories, and clothing. There are times when these things are shared by the person that owns them so that they can be experienced by someone outside of that culture. However, when someone outside of that culture takes and uses these things without permission, it is cultural appropriation.

It is also important to note that one culture can be influenced by another. Through trade, marriage, travel, and relocation it is not uncommon for different tribes/nations to share, borrow, and even take on cultural aspects of other tribes/nations. There are many tribes/nations represented in the geographical area of the Pacific Northwest as result of relocation. And unfortunately, some tribes/nations’ customs, culture, and language have been lost to history. To rebuild, tribes/nations may look to neighboring tribes/nations to recreate their culture.

This patch program can be done with your family or troop--in person (when COVID-19 guidelines allow) or on the virtual platform of your choice..

Cost: Free

The patch can be purchased through the Girl Scouts of Western Washington retail stores. 

Not a Girl Scout yet, you can join here. Membership is $25 and financial assistance is available.

Registration Deadline: 6/30/2022
(Don't worry if you miss the deadline, this program is on-going and will be open again July-Sept 2022!)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received by the published registration deadline to be eligible for a refund. Cancellations received after the published registration deadline are not refundable.

Questions? Contact Kari Murphy, Girl Experience Manager at