The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

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

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Swimming Together Clay Workshop with Nora Naranjo-Morse

Swimming Together

February 2 - 13

10am - 3pm each day at the Evergreen Ceramic Studio

Clay Workshop with Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo): Swimming Together will bring artists of different Indigenous cultures together to create a school of clay fish, to be installed on the Indigenous Arts Campus at The Evergreen State College.

Participants should think of a fish story you'd like to share. The fish story can come from your tribe, a memory from your childhood, a story someone told you about fish. Your fish story will be very important part of this project - if you have images of fish you want to bring with you, please do so. Bring an apron - lunch will be provided. Space is limited.

Workshop is made possible by the generous support of First Peoples' Fund. The National Endowment for the Arts program Art Works, and Longhouse friends and supporters.

Registration contact: Erin Genia at geniae@evergreen.edu (360)867-6718, or Laura Grabhorn at grabhorL@evergreen.edu (360)867-6413.

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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. $50 class fee, space is limited. To register contact geniae@evergreen.edu or, (360)867-6718.  Workshop is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts program Art Works, and Longhouse friends and supporters.

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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