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.

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20th Anniversary Exhibition - SgwigwialɁtxw at 20: Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future

March 31 - May 11, 2016 in the Evergreen Gallery, located in Library 2204

20th Anniversary Exhibition

Opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 31st 5-7pm in the Evergreen Gallery, located in the Library 2204. For more information contact Erin Genia at geniae@evergreen.edu or (360)867-6718.

Download a poster here

Weaving a New Future: Longhouse Indiegogo Campaign for Fiber Arts Studio

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center needs your help to close the gap in order to build the Fiber Art Studio on our Indigenous Arts Campus. We hope you will consider donating to our Indigogo campaign at the link above.This one-of-a-kind studio will honor the long-term relationships among indigenous peoples of the Pacific Rim. The building shape and entrances are being created by Maori and Salish artists. Weavers of all cultures will be able to work with new kinds of materials, share techniques with artists from around the world, and preserve and pass on important traditions and knowledge to the next generation. 

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You can be part of completing this vision! Every contribution, no matter the size, is a welcome gift that will help our vision become a reality. There are a variety of perks available to recognize your contribution. If you cannot contribute to the Weaving A New Future campaign, your support in getting the word out about our fundraising campaign would be a great help. Please share with your friends and your networks and everyone you know who supports indigenous arts!

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 (SOLD OUT) produced by Louie Gong's company 8th Generation, here.

Photo below taken by Steve Bloom courtesy of The Olympian.

Thunderbird Arrives

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