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.

What We Do

  • Multicultural classes, presentations, performances and more! See below for our upcoming events.
  • Native artist programs—The Longhouse supports Native artists, and hosts exhibitions and art sales throughout the year.
  • Native art grant program—Fund your northwest native art project.
  • Venue services—Host your next event at the Longhouse with Evergreen’s Conference Services.

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Longhouse Carving Studio Pay3q’ali Holds First Academic Class: "Woodcarving and Mask Making"

Alex McCarty and Joe Tougas

The 2014 summer course, “Woodcarving and Mask Making” is the first course held in the Carving Studio Pay3q’ali, to generate academic credit. It is being taught by two prominent carvers: Joe Tougas, who, as a longtime Evergreen sculpture and philosophy teacher, has contributed significant public art works in Olympia, and Alexander Swiftwater McCarty, an award-winning Makah woodcarver and teacher. Both faculty members are Evergreen graduates, with Tougas receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and McCarty receiving his Master in Teaching in 2002.

Tougas McCarty

The class is taught in two sections, beginning and intermediate. Currently underway is the first session beginning course, in which students are exploring regional Northwest Native styles and form-line design, as well as masks from other world traditions as inspiration for their own mask concepts and designs. Using contemporary and traditional Northwest coast carving tools, students are carving their own masks, each one unique their own identity, culture, or personal creative expression. During the second session intermediate course, students will focus on more advanced carving and finishing skills. It is expected that people who enroll for this second course will either have taken the first course or have some background in woodcarving.

The intermediate session is still open to enrollment, and begins on August 1st. Students interested in registering for the second session course may visit the Academic Calendar for more information.

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)

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