All Cascadians Welcome! Come Camp with Us

All Cascadians Welcome! Come Camp with Us

Join us and other wonderful Cascadians each weekend in August at the North River Reserve. Located in SW Washington, 2:30hr away from Seattle & Portland near the Olympic Mountains & Highway 101. Camping by suggested donation. If you’re interested in a work party, hosting or joining a workshop, presentations or discussion, let us know.

New Article by the Georgia Straight: Watersheds of Cascadia revealed in map created by organization that challenges colonial narratives

New Article by the Georgia Straight: Watersheds of Cascadia revealed in map created by organization that challenges colonial narratives

The Department of Bioregion received a wonderful mention in a new article by Charlie Smith with the Vancouver based Georgia Straight titled “Watersheds of Cascadia revealed in map created by an organization that challenges colonial narratives”.

Department of Bioregion has a wonderful meeting with Bioregional Learning Center of Devonshire

Department of Bioregion has a wonderful meeting with Bioregional Learning Center of Devonshire

The Cascadia Department of Bioregion was excited to meet with members of the Bioregional Learning Center in the South Devon Bioregion in the United Kingdom. One of the primary focuses of the meeting was sharing skills and knowledge regarding our two groups, and building a global model of collaboration as we move forward.

Department of Bioregion has productive meeting with California National Party

Department of Bioregion has productive meeting with California National Party

The Cascadia Department of Bioregion had a very pleasant meeting with representatives of the California National Party. It was great to be able to make introductions, share a bit about each others past histories and movement histories, and talk about pitfalls and strategies for success. It was interesting also to hear of their challenges with fallout regarding Russia and the various different groups working actively for an independent California, and how they are working together as a movement to overcome these hurtles.

Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Saghalie

SAGHALIE

[SAGH-a-lie] or occasionally [SAH'-ha-lie] — adjective.

Meaning: Up, above, high, heaven, sky, celestial, top, uppermost, over, upwards, holy.

Origin: Chinook, sakhali; Clatsop, ukhshakhali. Up; above; high.

Sometime rendered as ‘sagalie’, ‘sagalee’, ‘saqalie’, and even ‘sahhalie’ or ‘sahali’, this word was usually pronounced as if it were spelled ‘sockalie’ by Euro-Americans, while the indigenous pronunciation was closer to ‘sag-ha-lie , with the ‘g’ sound a guttural deep in the throat rather than an aspirate h.)

An adjective encompassing concepts of upwardness in direction and elevation, saghalie was used to describe action, like "mamook saghalie" (to lift / raise), as well as physical features, such as “saghalie illahee” (mountains or highland), and even natural phenomenon, such as “saghalie chuck” (high tide) or “saghillie piah” (lightning).

Zealous in their search for  converts, early Christian missionaries quickly came to learn that there was no one universal deity among the FIrst Nations. For want of a native term, the evangelists instead coined “Saghalie Tyee“ (Chief Above) as a word of ‘God’ or ‘Great Spirit’, implying a ruler over all. This lead to several other phrases, such as  "Saghalie Tyee Yaka book" (The Bible) and "Saghalie Tyee Yaka wawa" (a sermon or religious talk). Even Jesus Christ was translated as "Saghalie Tyee Yaka tenas" ( God, His Son).

As a result of its use, “saghalie” also came to mean ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’, as seen in “saghalie illahee” (now taken to mean sacred or holy ground, a spirit-place, or a churchyard, but not a graveyard, which is “memaloose illahee”). There were even occasions where “saghalie” would refer to magic of the sacred or ‘pure’ kind, or be used to describe a spirit world or a spiritual state.


2019 Cascadia Convergence: Event Recap

2019 Cascadia Convergence: Event Recap

The 2019 Cascadia Convergence took place July 5-7th at the North River Reserve in Brooklyn Washington, and was a wonderful time for Cascadians to come together to connect, share and learn. This year saw vendors from around the region, a 30 foot yurt being raised as a future classroom, and discussions by Free Cascadia, Your Cascadia, the Department of Bioregion, Olympia Ecotopians, and Seattle CascadiaNow on creating a centralized backbone for coordinating ideas, resources and events. The Department of Bioregion also provided the Cascadia Bus to help get everything down there.

2019: Pride with Purpose - Event Recap

2019: Pride with Purpose - Event Recap

50 years after that watershed day of the Stonewall riots, Cascadians assembled at the Seattle Pride parade route and hung the completed murals on the sides of the Cascadia Bus. We extended an open invitation to all to join us in commemorating half a century of the LGBTQ2I+ movement. Wonderfully, many new faces joined us before the parade began..

Seattle Sounders reveal massive Cascadia Rainbow TIFO Display for Pride Month against Vancouver Whitecaps

Seattle Sounders reveal massive Cascadia Rainbow TIFO Display for Pride Month against Vancouver Whitecaps

The Emerald City Supporters and the Seattle Sounders FC revealed a massive rainbow Cascadia TIFO display in their pregame opening against the Vancouver Whitecaps on the evening of June 30th.

Introducing Cascadia Karen - Using her powers for Good!

Introducing Cascadia Karen - Using her powers for Good!

Meet Cascadia Karen! Cascadia Karen is a work-a-day superhero. Between the school run, organic gardening, yoga and Bunco, she makes time to protect the Cascadian way of life. She realized that with great power comes great responsibility, so she is here to shine a light on how local businesses and citizens can live up to Cascadian values. Don’t worry, as a women of a certain age, she’s not afraid to talk to the Man-ager.

Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Hyas

HYAS

[hy-AS']  or [hay-ASH]— adjective, adverb.

Meaning: Big, great, vast, large, auspicious, powerful, important, celebrated, very.

Origin: Possible corruption of Nuu-chah-nulth, iyahish  "many"

While similar in use to the word skookum, hyas generally has connotations of greatness, importance, or auspiciousness rather than outright strength or power.

"Hyas Sunday" was a term for a holiday, like Christmas or Fourth of July, and “hyas mahcook” could mean “a great price” or “something dear”, while “Hyas Tyee” refers to a high chief, a big boss, or even a king. This was also the common title used for the famous chiefs of the early era, such as Maquinna of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation.

The word can also be applied to size, such as “hyas wawa” (to shout), "hyas ahnkutte" (a long time ago), “hyas stick” (big tree/log; big/great woods/forest), or “hyas lamonti” (the high mountains).

One might exclaim "okoke house yaka hyas” (that house, it is large) upon seeing a  "hyas house" (mansion), and it would not be unexpected to find a large "hyas tick-tick” (clock) inside. It could even be duplicated for emphasis, such as in “hyas hyas lamonti” (the deep mountains; remote faraway mountain country).

In addition to its use as a general term for size, hyas could also be used to mean "very" or "very well", in which case it usually comes in front of the word or phrase it is modifying, such as “Hyas tenas” (very small) or "hyas kloshe" (very good), as in "hyas yaka mamook wawa Chinook lalang" (they can speak Chinook very well) or "nika hyas ticky klatawa" (I very much want to go).

The word also appears as “hyas hyas stone illahee, meaning the "greatest and biggest land of stones", or "the great barren high country" in Paul St. Pierre's novella Breaking Smith Quarter Horse. The context of the title is the vast and diverse inland alpine areas of the Coast Mountains, flanking the Chilcotin region of British Columbia where the action of the novella takes place.

The expression ‘High muckamuck’ or “High Mucketymuck’ is a corruption of “hyas muckamuck”, meaning "one who sits at the head table", i.e. an official, a bigshot, or a VIP. In modern blue-collar usage, this word is one of many mildly sarcastic slang terms used to refer to bosses and upper management.

Some scholars of Chinook Wawa believe that the words “hyas” and “hiyu” share the same origin and only one or the other may have been known or used in certain areas or periods.


Organizing Bioregionally: By Daniel Christian Wahl

Organizing Bioregionally: By Daniel Christian Wahl

The Department of Bioregion is excited to share this essay on organizing bioregionally from Daniel Christian Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures and teacher of the online course Design for Sustainability.

Seattle Cascadia PRIDE Contingent! June 30th

Seattle Cascadia PRIDE Contingent! June 30th

Join Cascadia in our Seattle Pride Parade contingent! This year we are excited partner with the Cascadia Glamcox, the Latinx led Intim@ Cabaret, and the creation of a 40ft mural commemorating Sylvia Riviera and Marsha P. Johnson for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Cascadia Football issues strong statement of anti-racism and discrimination

Cascadia Football issues strong statement of anti-racism and discrimination

The Cascadia Association Football Federation took a strong stand with the three Cascadia team supporter groups against racism and discrimination by issuing a strong statement on Wednesday in regards to recent events.

Cascadia wins Chagos Island match 6 to 3

Cascadia wins Chagos Island match 6 to 3

Cascadia Football was very excited to win their first ever international friendly at Whyteleafe FC against Chagos Islands this past weekend. The match took place on May 25th in Surrey, the United Kingdom and was the first time Cascadia played an international friendly.

Defining Cascadia: Crossing borders to improve ecology, economy, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest

Defining Cascadia: Crossing borders to improve ecology, economy, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest

View the full video of the Defining Cascadia: Crossing borders to improve ecology, economy, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest Panel DIscussion hosted at Horizon Books on May 17th 2019. The Cascadia Dept of Bioregion was proud to partner with Cascadia Magazine and Upzones Podcast to present a panel discussion about thinking beyond borders in Cascadia.

Cascadia tops GDP per capita with sustainable economy & transparent banking practices.

Cascadia tops GDP per capita with sustainable economy & transparent banking practices.

Taken together, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington (Cascadia) had a combined GDP of more than a trillion US dollars a year, and a population just under 16 million in 2017 placing Cascadia as the 9th highest GDP per capita in the world. More startling however, is that Cascadia is the ONLY economy in the top ten, in which fossil fuel extraction or serving as a tax haven is even present.