Tear-down, rebuild for Tulalip church

An 85-year-old church on the Tulalip Indian Reservation likely will be torn down and rebuilt beginning this month. In October, Tulalip tribal members voted to spend at least $200,000 to burn down the Indian Shaker Church on North Meridian Avenue and rebuild it for the church members.

Work on the building could begin this month, according to the See-Yaht-Sub tribal newsletter.

The church: Built in 1923, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a weathered clapboard structure that church members say is used several times each month. Tulalip leaders aren’t sure whether the new church will be built on the same lot as the old church.

The religion: The Indian Shakers are a uniquely American Indian group and exist mainly in the Pacific Northwest. The religion began in 1881 when Squaxin Island tribal member John Slocum claimed that he was revived from death when his wife shook with religious fervor. The belief that “shaking” could heal illness spread quickly, and the group was coined “Shakers.” Church services often are filled with dancing and shaking as tribal members come for healing. The group is not connected to the Protestant denomination of the same name.

Shaker practices today: Indian Shakers travel between churches on reservations throughout the Pacific Northwest to worship each week. Their numbers are small but members are devout.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist identified in fatal crash near Lake Stevens

Anthony Palko, 33, died Monday night after colliding with a passenger car. The juveniles in the car were taken to the hospital.

Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense

The roommates were arguing over eBay sales, according to police. Then one of them allegedly brandished a two-foot sword.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Everett boy, 12, identified as Davies Beach drowning victim

Malachi Bell was one of three swimmers in distress Sunday in Lake Stevens. He did not survive.

Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
‘We’re all good people when we get clean and sober’

Who has fentanyl taken from us? A messenger who saved lives. A “street mom.” A grandpa who loved his grandkids “999 trillion times.”

Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bailiff’s comments leads to appeal of child rape conviction

Joseph Hall, of Snohomish, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. Now he faces another trial.

Jeffrey Vaughan
In unexpected move, Vaughan resigns from Marysville council

He got re-elected in November. But he and his wife moved to Texas when she received a job promotion.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
How to answer Snohomish County’s basic crime questions? ‘Transparent data’

An initiative funded in part by Microsoft could reveal racial disparities, while creating an “apples to apples” database.

Chris Rutland and son Julian buy fireworks from the Big House of Boom stall at Boom City on Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
At Tulalip’s Boom City, fireworks are a family tradition

Generations have grown up at the Fourth of July institution. “Some people make good money, some are just out here for the pastime.”

Most Read