Art at the Longhouse
The Longhouse features an outstanding international indigenous arts collection. The Thunderbird (by Greg Colfax, Makah, and Andy Peterson, Skokomish) and woven cedar screens (Hlukwali 1 and 2, by Gerald “Bruce” Miller of Skokomish) are part of the Art in Public Places Program of the Washington State Arts Commission. The carved welcome figures at the main entrance were created with funds donated by graduating classes of Evergreen students. Some art work was commissioned by the Longhouse and the Evergreen Foundation, such as the North Wing mural, the glass doors, and the granite spindle whorl in the floor of the welcome hall. Work throughout the building is largely the result of donations of art work to the Longhouse by artists, tribal leaders and other members of the Longhouse community. The cast bronze spindle whorls that line the walkway to the Longhouse were the result of a public/private/tribal partnership through the Longhouse’s artist in residence program.