s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ: House of Welcome

Longhouse Education and Cultural Center: A Gathering Place for People of all Cultures

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The First of its Kind

The “House of Welcome,” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center opened in 1995 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. As a public service center of The Evergreen State College, the Longhouse’s mission is to promote Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development.

The Indigenous Arts Campus

The Indigenous Arts Campus studios have allowed the Longhouse to greatly expand its capacity to offer academic classes and a wider variety of residencies and workshops in traditional and contemporary Native arts. The Indigenous Arts Campus has added new dimensions to Evergreen’s educational leadership as an interdisciplinary liberal arts college with a commitment to honoring our government-to-government relationships with tribal nations.

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.


Aerial view of the Indigenous Arts Campus: Longhouse (left), Fiber Arts Studio (top right), Carving Studio (bottom right), 3D Studio (center). 

Fiber Arts Studio Eastern Entrance

Fiber Arts Studio Western Entrance

Carving Studio

Reto-Docu

As we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we would like to share an oldie but goodie documentary done for the Longhouse's Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy!