Raising Hands

Tulalip Tribes’ 2018 Raising Hands photo of event early venue seating.

2023 Raising Hands Star

Tulalip Cares 2023 Star Location Details Poster

About Raising Hands

Raising Hands is an annual event hosted by The Tulalip Tribes Tulalip Cares to honor recipient charities in different community impact categories. At Tulalip it is traditional to raise our hands to applaud and give thanks to those who have given to us. We raise our hands to the numerous organizations in our region that contribute to our communities.

We are committed to improving arts and culture, education and youth, the environment, health care, public safety and social services in our communities. Since 1993, Tulalip has donated over 69.5 million dollars which encompasses over 245 charitable organizations annually. We are also the third largest employer of area residents throughout Snohomish County, facilitating employment to thousands of people on the reservation. Together, we have and will continue to make a positive difference – working in partnership with Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County to create solid, caring and proud communities.

2023 Raising Hands Art by Walter Moses

Native American art featuring two eagles head-to-head on a green and purple background with starts and trees.

About the Artist and Art

Walter Moses was raised on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. Walter is a Coast Salish artist of the Tulalip Tribes. His father is Kelly Moses Sr., a master carver who has taught him tribal design since he was a child.

Walter started off drawing at first, and his father would critique and grade his art. He began his first carving project at age 11, when he carved a traditional mountain shovel-nosed canoe. From then on, Walter continued to learn by carving pendants, earrings, paddles, and portrait masks.

Water previously worked for the Tulalip Tribes as a project and facilities artist at the Tribal Design department. He is a successful independent artist, and we are grateful to work with Walter Moses on this year’s gift to each organization represented here.

The artist's description of this year's art is, “Both eagles represent the east and west, sunrise and sunset. As the sun sets, the night sky is illuminated with electrically charged particles. These northern lights are the reflection of much larger fires. The fires of the past, our ancestors.”

This art piece stands among the many art pieces we have been able to gift to all the deserving organizations.