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Longhouse Good News Update, Spring 2018

Including award announcements, a staff introduction, and Indigenous Arts Campus progress and plans!

Teaching by Example Honorees and Spirit Aligned Fellowship Recipients

We're proud to recognize Lillian Pitt and Charlene Krise as the 2017 Longhouse s3hlihl "Teaching by Example" honorees. We're also pleased to share that two of the Longhouse’s lead artists in residence, Nora Naranjo Morse and Yvonne Peterson, received Spirit Aligned Fellowships as Legacy Leaders. They are the first among eight elder female indigenous artists in North America to be recognized for their work by the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program, which is based in New York. We honored all of these extraordinary women's accomplishments during the Longhouse Community Dinner in November. Marwin Begaye (center) was honored with the Longhouse's annual SPAM Award, developed by Ed Edmo to recognize those who embody the "spirit of laughter".

Lillian Pitt, Yvonne Peterson, Marwin Begaye, Nora Naranjo Morse, and Charlene Krise were honored at the Longhouse Community Dinner. Photograph by Melissa Ponder.

Introducing The Evergreen State College Native Student Success Coordinator

Greetings! My name is Erika Warren. I am an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation. I grew up in Olympia where I now live with my two children: 9 year-old identical twin boys (enrolled Northern Arapaho). I’m a full-time student at Evergreen where I am focusing on nutrition education in Native communities and the study of traditional foods and medicines. Over the last few years I have worked for the Nisqually Tribe’s Community Garden Program growing food, coordinating field trips and youth activities for garden events, and co-teaching community classes. I am excited to take on the role of Native Student Success Coordinator for the Longhouse where I will be helping to create programs and expand support services for Native students. I look forward to working with the community at Evergreen! 

Native Creative Development ProgramTM Grantees

We are proud to announce the most recent recipients of the Native Creative Development ProgramTM grants.

Native Creative Development ProgramTM grants are awarded annually to Washington and Oregon-based Native American artists working in visual, performance-based, media, or literary arts. Grantees are selected by a committee of local and regional experts and receive between $2,500 and $5,000 to support their development as professional artists. The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center has administered the Native Creative Development ProgramTM since 2006, awarding more than $700,000 in direct support to Native American artists.

The Native Creative Development ProgramTM was designed to address the professional development needs of individual Native artists by providing merit-based funding. Artists use grant funds to broaden and deepen their work, whether through harvesting resources, attending workshops, upgrading equipment, accessing facilities, or developing new skills.

The eleven 2017 Native Creative Development ProgramTM grantees are:

Natalie Ball (Klamath), multi-media artist completing her MFA and focusing on harvesting traditional resources as she establishes her practice in her traditional homelands.

Dan Friday (Lummi), established glass artist preparing for a large solo show at the Museum of Northwest Art.

John Goodwin (Makah), established visual artist expanding and improving his wood working shop.

Tierra Rose McCarty (Makah), emerging visual artist building her skills in ornamental engraving and traditional Makah design style.

Ruby Murray (Osage), writer and photographer working to publish her memoir Don’t Be An Orphan, which tracks Osage removals from Missouri to Kansas to Oklahoma.

William Passmore (Colville), established visual artist exploring his heritage through the creation of ten large glass vessels.

Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco), established visual artist creating several glass works for an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), multi-media artist and educator preparing to lead a two-week spruce root weaving workshop in the Dzawada’enuxw community in Kingcome, BC.

Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam), comic book artist upgrading his tools and equipment for improved detail and work flow.

Celeste Whitewolf (Umatilla), fiber artist learning to re-create the Plateau Style Huckleberry Basket with the intention of teaching others this ancient design.

Paul Wilson (Klamath), photographer creating a body of works that explore the five components that determine hiswaqs (manhood) in the culture of the Klamath Peoples.

For more information about the Native Creative Development ProgramTM, and to learn more about the most recent recipients, please see The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center website at  

Looking to the Future...

Indigenous Arts Campus Update

2018 is an exciting year at the Longhouse! We will complete the construction of two new buildings, the Fiber Arts Studio and the new, larger Carving Studio.

Fiber Arts Studio

With a design based on the artistic vision of Māori sculptor Lyonel Grant, the Fiber Arts Studio represents the physical embodiment of the Longhouse's decades-long relationships with Māori artists, arts organizations and government supporters in New Zealand. Lyonel Grant and Alex McCarty led a strong team of carvers from New Zealand and the United States, who created the extraordinary art for the Northwest and South Pacific entrances. The interior will feature woven panels collaboratively created by fiber artists from New Zealand, Washington State and Alaska. Recessed into the floor of the studio will be a sand-blasted granite "salmon egg", which represents the life force of the building, by Lyonel Grant. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the naming ceremony on October 13, 2018, 10 am to 2 pm.

Funding for the Fiber Arts Studio has come from multiple sources, including grants and individual donations. With in-kind support from the Government of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand, through Toi Māori Aotearoa), which sent teams of artists to contribute to the studio since 2013, the $2.5 million Fiber Arts Studio is a landmark feature of the Indigenous Arts Campus at The Evergreen State College.

Master weaver Tina Wirihana led a collaborative project across New Zealand to create and present four Tukutuku panels for the Fiber Arts Studio. Artists include: Edna Pahewa, Glenda Joyce Hape, Sonny Hape, Gaylene Henry, Matekino Lawless, & Christina Hurihia Wirihana. Photograph by Melissa Ponder.

Northwest entrance of the Fiber Arts Studio

New Carving Studio

Following the Fiber Arts Studio, we will build a 2,000 sq. foot carving studio by fall 2018. The existing 800 sq. foot carving studio will become the Indigenous 2-D Design Studio, a place where carvers can design their sculptures before creating them in the larger studio. The new studio will be equipped to accommodate both wood and stone carving. The new carving studio will include a lighted outdoor overhang for work after daylight.

David Boxley, Sr. led a bentwood box drum residency after the first carving studio, Pay3q'ali, opened in 2012.

We will be hosting weaving and carving residencies in each of the new studios this year, as well as offering our first summer school class in the Fiber Arts Studio in June 2018. Full-time undergraduate classes will begin in the fall of 2018.

The Longhouse team, in collaboration with the Museum of Glass, intends to add a cast glass studio to the Indigenous Arts Campus in the future. This series of studios will allow the Longhouse to greatly expand its capacity to offer academic classes and a wider variety of residencies in traditional and contemporary arts. In building the Indigenous Arts Campus, we are simultaneously creating the infrastructure for a planned MFA in Indigenous Arts in the future. The Indigenous Arts Campus will add new dimensions to Evergreen’s educational leadership as an interdisciplinary liberal arts college with a commitment to teaching across significant differences.

Shawn Brigman, Phd. is reviving Salish Sturgeon Nose canoe culture on the Upper Columbia waterways with support from the Longhouse's Northwest Heritage Program.

Multiple committed groups and individuals have generously contributed funding to the Indigenous Arts Campus studio development. Support for the Fiber Arts Studio came from the Ford Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, the Surdna Foundation, the Hearst Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Evergreen State College, seven Northwest tribes, and more than 165 individual donations. Funding for the new carving studio has been secured from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and individual donors.

October 2017 Good News Update


What We Do

We promote Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development—learn more.

  • The Longhouse supports Native artists and hosts Native art Sales and Exhibits throughout the year.

  • Fund your art project with the Grant Programs that we offer to Native artists in the Northwest—The 2017 Native Creative Development Grant cycle will be available to Native artists in Washington and Oregon. Check back for more information on when this grant cycle begins.

  • Host your event at the Longhouse with Evergreen’s Conference Services.

  • We host and offer multicultural classes, presentations, performances, and more! Visit our Events page to see what's happening next.

  • The Longhouse is in the process of developing a graduate-level academic program—a Master of Fine Arts in Indigenous Arts.

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Longhouse Merchandise

You can support Longhouse programming by purchasing merchandise. We offer a variety of gifts, including the beautiful Thunderbird Arrives wool blanketco-designed by Louie Gong (Nooksack) and Longhouse staff, and produced by Louie Gong's Eighth Generation.