The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

—Celebrating 20 Years!


2015 to 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Evergreen Longhouse! 
The theme for our vicennial is "Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future" —learn more about the Longhouse's 20th Anniversary!

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(Image: The Evergreen Longhouse, called sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ, meaning "The House of Welcome" in South Puget Sound Salish) 

Longhouse Good News Update 2016

Read about the good news that has happened at the Longhouse over the past year.

Good News Update

20th Anniversary Show Publication

For twenty years, the Longhouse has been working with Indigenous artists of all kinds to fulfill its mission of promoting Indigenous arts and cultures.

In honor of this twenty-year relationship, the Longhouse hosted an exhibit showcasing the work of over 70 Indigenous artists. Whether they are masters at the top of their fields, or mid-career and emerging artists, all have participated in Longhouse programming over the years—from Artist Residencies, to exhibiting art, leading workshops or receiving grants.

You can now view the entire collection of work from the Longhouse 20th Anniversary Exhibit in our online publication!

(Please note that all of the photography contained herein is posted for viewing purposes only. Any attempt to copy or reproduce for private or public use is strictly prohibited).



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 2016 Native Creative Development Grant cycle is now open and available to Native artists in Washington and Oregon!

  • 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!


Upcoming Events

  • The Longhouse annual Fall Community Dinner is set for Saturday, Nov. 12th at 6pm.
  • Please RSVP: (360) 867-5337 or geniah@evergreen.edu.
  • The Longhouse annual Holiday Native Arts Fair is set for Friday, Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th, from 11am - 5pm each day.
  • Vendors who are interested in reserving a booth can contact Laura Grabhorn: (360) 867-6413 or grabhorl@evergreen.edu


Facebook Stay up-to-date with the Longhouse by visiting our Facebook page!


Longhouse Merchandise

You can support Longhouse programming and new initiatives like the Fiber Arts Studio, 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.

Thunderbird Arrives
(Image: Longhouse staff team holding the First Edition of the Thunderbird Arrives wool blanket.
Left to right: Peter Boome, Tina Kuckkahn, Laura Grabhorn, Erin Genia, Heather Genia. Photo
by Steve Bloom, courtesy of The Olympian)


What is your Favorite Memory of the Longhouse?

Happy 20th
The Longhouse is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary, through 2016, with a series of events and programs.
As a member of the Longhouse community, we would love to hear from you!
  • Have you attended a Longhouse event or workshop? 
  • Have you been the recipient of a Longhouse grant or residency?
Your stories and memories are an important part of the Longhouse legacy!
To share your memories and stories of what the Longhouse has meant to you, please participate in the Longhouse Anniversary Survey.


Sharing the Good NewsAn Update on the Longhouse

The Longhouse has been busy with multiple projects, workshops and events over the past year, and we want to share some of our most exciting accomplishments with you!
Download the good news here (pdf).
Tina in front of the Longhouse
(Image: Director, Tina Kuckkahn surrounded by the gardens of 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/Navajo), Former Longhouse Advisory Board Member, Associate Professor of Art at University of Colorado-Boulder