The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

The Longhouse is called sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ—The House of Welcome—in South Puget Sound Salish.

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We promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development. Learn more about what we do.

2015-2016 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center! Our theme for this year is Building Upon Our Past, Visioning into Our Future. Check out our page dedicated to the 20th Anniversary.

What We Do

Upcoming Events

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Generations Rising

Saturday, March 5th 12pm - 6pm

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A day of cultural and performing arts workshops for youth of all ages!

Schedule for the Day:

12pm - Lunch

1-4pm: Art Making Activities

4:30pm: Dinner

5pm: "Return to the Swing" by Little Wolves Productions: Legend as drama, Native youth present traditional stories as theater.

Sponsored by: Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Lucky Eagle Casino, TESC program "Place Memory, Narrative: Northwest Coast Literature and Printmaking."

Download a flyer here.

Longhouse Merchandise

Support our programming and new inititatives like the Fiber Arts Studio with your purchase of Longhouse merchandise!

Check out our new page with some great gift ideas, including the gorgeous Thunderbird Arrives blanket produced by Louie Gong's company 8th Generation, here.

Photo below taken by Steve Bloom courtesy of The Olympian.

Thunderbird Arrives

Gifts of Land and Sea: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Foods

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3pm

Gifts of Land and Sea

Engage with traditional practices for preparing indigenous foods, such as salmon, oysters, wild rice, huckleberries and more. Savor delicacies by Twana Catering and enjoy conversations with master carvers and weavers, including Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapaho, Seminole), winner of the Best of Show award at the 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market.Gifts of Land and Sea: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Food will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 3pm in the Longhouse. This special event is a benefit to support the Fiber Arts Studio at The Evergreen State College, tickets are $100 per person. Please R.S.V.P. to Longhouse Director, Tina Kuckkahn-Miller by Thursday, May 12, 2016. You can contact her at kuckkaht@evergreen.edu or (360)867-5344. Help build a future for Indigenous Fiber Arts!

Download a flyer for Gifts of Land and Sea: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Food.

What is your Favorite Memory of the Longhouse?

Happy 20th

What is your favorite Longhouse memory? Over the next year, the Longhouse will be celebrating our 20th anniversary with a series of events and programs, and as a member of the Longhouse community, we'd love to hear from you! Have you attended a Longhouse event or workshop? Have you been the recipient of a Longhouse grant or residency? Your stories and memories are a part of the Longhouse legacy, and we'd love to hear about them and what you are up to now. Please follow the link below to share with us:


Sharing the Good News: Longhouse Update

Tina in front of the Longhouse

The Longhouse has been very busy over the past year with multiple projects, workshops and events. We want to share some of our most exciting accomplishments with you!

You can download the good news document here.

See past events at the Longhouse.

I have served as a visiting artist in many places such as France, New Zealand, Mexico, Siberia, Japan, Germany and in many Native Nations across the United States. I would like to say that my time spent at the Longhouse - House of Welcome at The Evergreen State College has been vital to my experience as a Native educator. The staff, programs and the community at the Longhouse are unlike any I have witnessed in many places of higher education.

The unity and strength present in the Longhouse has been proven time and time again. I myself will continue to donate what I can to the mission of the Longhouse and I encourage others to do the same. Giving to this place of welcome will in turn give back as it always has to the larger Native community. You will see in time how you to can be a part of the Longhouse history. It has been a great honor for me to witness and be a small part of so much good.

-Melanie Yazzie (Diné)

Former Advisory Board Member
Associate Professor of Art
University of Colorado-Boulder