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Lelooska Foundation & Cultural Center

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Lelooska Museum

Open on Program, Performance and Event Dates and Saturdays, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 11-3.

Museum Collection

School Living History Programs

Field Trips for Schools on weekday mornings every Fall and Spring

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Saturday Living History Performances

Masks, Dances and Stories presented on select Saturdays each Spring and Fall

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Spring 2019 Booklet

The Lelooska Foundation’s Spring 2019 newsletter is now available. Click here to see information on upcoming classes, performances, and events.

Winter 2018-19 Newsletter

The Lelooska Foundation’s Winter 2018-19 newsletter is now available. Click here to see information on upcoming classes, performances, and events.

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NW Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring TraditionsJuly 20, 2019, 10:00amLelooska Foundation and Cultural CenterNorthwest Coast Woodcarving is one way in which a noble family shares their rights, crests and privileges that have been handed down through t heir family since the beginning of time. These crests which manifest themselves as animals, supernatural beings and ancestors are most commonly shared through their story, song, mask and dance during a Potlatch. Although many First Nations people along the Northwest Coast have a carving tradition, the styles and variations vary throughout the region. In this class Tsungani will be discussing both the history, and techniques used in woodcarving. He will demonstrate the tools used in the creation of ceremonial masks, including the D-adz, elbow adz, crooked knives, straight knives and slant blades. Spend the day learning about the techniques used in creating ceremonial masks, rattles, totem poles, bowls and complex masks. This class will endow you with a solid theoretical understanding of Northwest Coast woodcarving, and is intended for all levels of skill from woodcarver to curious observer. This is an ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge of this traditional art form. A behind the scenes look at pieces from the Lelooska Foundation Permanent Collection will be shared to increase your understanding. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own for critique. Tsungani, meaning “he who excels” also holds the Kwakwaka’wakw name, Qa7axtal’es, which translates to “He who arises early and invites the people into the house to eat”. Tsungani as the main dancer in the Living History Programs, was an expert at handling the large, articulated masks—a skill much respected by the Old People. At traditional potlatches, he was often called upon to perform with the masks for multiple chiefs. When his brother Lelooska passed away in 1996, Tsungani became Clan Chief of the House of Lelooska and the House of Sewide. The name Gixken meaning “Chief of Chiefs” was also passed to him. As Clan Chief, Tsungani devotes his time to educational work as the storyteller in the Living History Programs and as an active Northwest Coast Woodcarver. He continues to work in the traditional styles creating masks, totem poles, bowls and rattles. His work can be seen throughout the country, but his greatest honor are the pieces that he has been able to create for several hereditary chiefs.
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NW Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions

5 days ago

The Lelooska Museum is open tomorrow from 11am-3pm. Free admission!

Lelooska Museum Summer SaturdaysMay 25, 2019, 11:00amLelooska Foundation and Cultural CenterThe Lelooska Museum displays an extensive collection of Native art and artifacts from across North America. Fine examples of beadwork, quillwork, basketry and carvings are shared along with art and artifacts spanning from pre-contact through this century.
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Lelooska Museum Summer Saturdays

3 weeks ago

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our Summer Evening Performance! It was great to see so many friends and new faces. Tonight’s performance concludes our Spring Season. We are grateful for all of the incredible friends, staff, volunteers and family that make each season possible.
We hope you can join us at our summer museum special events and classes. Our Fall season begins in September!
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3 weeks ago

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our Summer Evening Performance! It was great to see so many friends and new faces. Tonight’s performance concludes our Spring Season. We are grateful for all of the incredible friends, staff, volunteers and family that make each season possible.
We hope you can join us at our summer museum special events and classes. Our Fall season begins in September!

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4 weeks ago

Our fur trade interpreters at work!Image attachment

FREE FAMILY FUN! Special Museum Event Open 11am-3pm. Stop by anytime! Program starts on the hour.

Buttons, Blankets & The TradeJune 22, 2019, 11:00amLelooska Foundation and Cultural CenterFree! Come for an hour or come for the day! Learn about trapping and the fur trade from interpreters at our fur trade camp outside the museum, then bring your “pelts” to our fur trade store to trade for button blanket trade goods. Visitors will then have the opportunity to make their own miniature button blankets from felt and sequins. Special exhibits and more! If you know your arrival time, please register online at www.lelooska.org so that we can ensure enough materials for everyone.
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Buttons, Blankets & The Trade

4 weeks ago

Congratulations to Teresa Coast for winning the basket from our drawing today at Planters Day! Thank you to everyone that stopped by! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Thank you to our great volunteers and everyone that came out to see us at Woodland’s Planter’s Days! #culturalcenter #lelooska #furtradecamp #livinghistory #community #woodlandwa #plantersday ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to our great volunteers and everyone that came out to see us at Woodland’s Planter’s Days! #culturalcenter #lelooska #furtradecamp #livinghistory #community #woodlandwa #plantersdayImage attachment
Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center is at Horseshoe Lake Park.
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Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center is at Horseshoe Lake Park.
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We are set up and open at Planters Day!Image attachment
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