The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center's 20th Anniversary

"SgwigwialɁtxw @ 20: Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future"

 20th Anniversary Logo with TBird Design

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!

(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).

20th Anniversary Celebration

You can view video of the 20th Anniversary Celebration from October 17th, 2015 on YouTube
(Courtesy of The Evergreen State College Productions): 

Thunderbird Arrives Wool Blanket and other merchandise

Looking for the perfect gift?—check out our merchandise page—featuring the Longhouse's 20th Anniversary commemorative wool blanket, Thunderbird Arrives—co-designed by Louie Gong (Nooksack) and the staff of the Longhouse, and produced by Native-owned company, Eighth Generation.

Image of Longhouse staff holding a blanket with image of a thunderbird

Longhouse Education and Cultural Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
  • 1 - 9pm at the Longhouse

20th Anniversary Event Poster

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

Longhouse 20th Anniversary Agenda:

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

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

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

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

2:15 pm - Git-Hoan Dancers

2:35 pm - 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)

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

5:45 pm - Squaxin Island Canoe Family

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

Ke Kukui Foundation (Kanaka Maoli)

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

Capoeman family (Quinault)

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

Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers

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

8:30 pm - 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, Oct. 16, 2015
  • 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

Native Programs Alumni Reunion

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.