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Restoring the Oregon Zoo Totem Pole

Chief Tsungani and family have been busy restoring the totem pole at the Oregon Zoo, carved by Chief Lelooska during the Oregon Centennial in 1959. The pole, 50 feet tall and 42 inches in diameter, is tentatively scheduled for reinstallation near the zoo’s mountain goat habitat in late September. There are articles describing the pole…

Summer 2014 Newsletter

The Lelooska Foundation’s Summer Newsletter is now available. Click here to view the newsletter in a new window. Please subscribe to our mailing list if you would like to have these updates emailed to you.

August 2nd is Girl Scout Day

Come join us on Saturday, August 2nd for Girl Scout Day at the Lelooska Cultural Center! Explore the Lelooska Museum and immerse yourself in Native American Cultures. Visit a fur trade camp outside our museum. Learn about life in the fur trade including the use of the parflesche. View the rawhide parflesches in our collection…

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Thank you to Woodland Dairy Queen, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittock Mansion, Portland Children's Museum, Pomeroy Living History Farm, the Shelburne Inn, Jenn's Custom Detail, Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink, Angeltouch Therapeutic Massage, Rocky's Pizza, The New Phoenix Casino & The Last Frontier Casino, Kazoodles, The Portland Timbers, and the Oregon Historical Society for your wonderful and thoughtful donations to our Annual Silent Auction! ... See MoreSee Less

Throw Back Thursday...October 25, 1999...Women's dance during the dedication of the Central Washington University Totem Pole carved by Chief Tsungani. Footage courtesy of Central Washington University. ... See MoreSee Less

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Work Party!

February 21, 2015, 10:00am

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Come out and help us get our grounds cleaned up and made up for the Spring!

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Beaded Earrings Class

February 21, 2015, 2:00pm

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2-4pm$35 Advance Reservations Required. Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot! Explore methods used to make beaded earrings from seed beads and porcupine quills. Participants will create their own pair of beaded drop earrings by the end of this workshop. No experience is necessary and supplies will be provided.

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Miniature Button Blanket Class

March 14, 2015, 2:00pm

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2-4pm $35 Advance reservations required. Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot! Learn the history and significance of how the Button Blanket became part of the culture of the Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast. Mariah Ts'igilhilaqw will share the different materials and techniques used in creating a button blanket. Then, create your own miniature button blanket from felt.

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Northwest Coast Flat Design

March 14, 2015, 10:00am

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10am-2pm $45 Advanced Reservations Required Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot! Please bring a lunch with you. Explore with Tsungani how the forms and elements of Northwest Coast art come together as designs that represent hereditary crests. You will learn basic forms and begin to work on layout of designs through drawings and the creation of templates. This is a valuable class for those interested in carving, painting or button blankets.

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Northwest Woodcarving 2: Final Stages

March 7, 2015, 10:00am

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am-3pm $60 Advance Reservations Required Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot! Please bring a lunch with you. Chief Tsungani shares the final stages of creating a mask, transforming rough wooden carvings into the vibrant, colorful, complex faces of the ceremonial houses. Tsungani will demonstrate detail carving, sanding techniques, painting and assembly of articulated or transformation masks. You will see firsthand the finishing touches that bring these pieces to life, including setting hair and abalone inlays, and more. This class utilizes masterful demonstrations, and is suitable for all skill levels and builds on the information shared in NW Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions.

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Northwest Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions

February 28, 2015, 10:00am

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10am-3pm $45 Advance Reservation Required Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot! Please bring a lunch with you. Chief Tsungani takes you on a tour of the region’s varying tribal styles and history of mask making along the Northwest Coast. Tsungani will demonstrate the tools of the trade; the D-adz, elbow adz, crooked knives, straight knives, and slant blades, as well as the techniques used to create ceremonial masks, totem poles, rattles, and other wood carvings. This class will endow you with a solid theoretical understanding of Northwest woodcarving from a current master, and is intended for all levels of skill, from woodcarver to curious observer. This is the ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge of Northwest Coast art. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own for critique.

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