The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

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

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We promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development. Learn more about what we do.

2015-2016 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center! Our theme for this year is Building Upon Our Past, Visioning into Our Future. Check out our page dedicated to the 20th Anniversary.

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Longhouse Education and Cultural Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 17th 2015 1:00pm - 9:00pm

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Join with the Longhouse extended community to celebrate a rewarding 20 years!

Longhouse 20th Anniversary Agenda

12:30pm - Participants who want to process into the Longhouse in regalia will meet at the Carving Studio Pay3q’ali

1:00pm - Opening Ceremony Processional song from the Carving Studio into the Longhouse. Led by David Boxley (Tsimshian) and bentwood box drum apprentices.

1:30pm - Welcome and Calling of the Witnesses by Emcee C. Wade Greene (Makah)

1:45pm - Blessing of the Floor by Hottowe/Tyishtid Family (Makah)

2:15pm - Git-Hoan Dancers

2:35pm - Welcome by Evergreen President George Bridges

Remarks by Congressman Denny Heck

Acknowledgements by Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Director

Introduction of Longhouse 20th Anniversary Blanket by Louie Gong (Nooksack)

3:00pm - Honoring the Pillars of the Longhouse and their Families

5:45pm - Squaxin Island Canoe Family

6:00pm - Honoring Longhouse Grant Awardees by Laura Grabhorn (Tlingit/Haida)

Ke Kukui Foundation (Kanaka Maoli)

6:30pm - Honoring Artists in Residence/Lead Artists by Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)

Capoeman family (Quinault)

7:15pm - Honoring the S3Lhihl “Teaching by Example” Award Recipients by Linley Logan (Seneca)

Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers

8:00pm - Sharing the Future Vision by Tina Kuckkahn-Miller and Peter Boome (Upper Skagit)

8:30pm - Closing Song by Miller Family (Skokomish)

Food and beverages will be available in the Cedar Room throughout the event

Download an event flyer here.

Native Programs Alumni Reunion

Friday, October 16th at 5pm in the Longhouse

In honor of the Longhouse's 20th Anniversary, alumni of The Evergreen State College Native Programs are invited to join together for an informal evening of visiting in the Longhouse! Contact Puanani Nihoa at (360)867-6202 or nihoap@evergreen.edu.

Native Programs Alumni Reunion

Download and event poster here.

Happy 20th

What is your Favorite Memory of the Longhouse?

What is your favorite Longhouse memory? Over the next year, the Longhouse will be celebrating our 20th anniversary with a series of events and programs, and as a member of the Longhouse community, we'd 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 a part of the Longhouse legacy, and we'd love to hear about them and what you are up to now. Please follow the link below to share with us:


Sharing the Good News: Longhouse Update

Tina in front of the Longhouse

The Longhouse has been very busy over the past year with multiple projects, workshops and events. We want to share some of our most exciting accomplishments with you!

You can download the good news document here.

See past events at 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)

Former Advisory Board Member
Associate Professor of Art
University of Colorado-Boulder