The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

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

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Quillwork Basket Workshop with Dawn Walden

April 15 - 19, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm each day

Quillwork basket workshop

This quillwork basket workshop is for Northwest Native weavers and will be held April 15th - 19th in the Longhouse Cedar Room from 9am - 5pm each day. Dawn Walden is an Ojibwe descendant, she is a nationally recognized fiber artist, sculptor and basket maker with work in private and public collections. She has been an a member/ instructor for 35 years for national basketry orgnaizations, including the Northwest Native American Basketry Association. There is a $100 registration fee that covers materials, supplies and lunch. To register, contact Laura Grabhorn at graborl@evergreen.edu or (360)867-6413 by April 1st. Please make checks payable to The Evergreen State College.

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Cedar Bark Stripping Tool Workshop

Cedar Bark Stripping Tool Flyer

Two weekends: February 28 - March 1st and March 7- 8, 10am - 4pm each day

Make your own cedar bark stripper and storage basket with carver John Smith (Skokomish). The first weekend will focus on carving the cedar bark stripping tool, and the final weekend, participants will weave a storage basket for the tool. Workshop is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts program Art Works, and Longhouse friends and supporters. Workshop is now full.

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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