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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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TBT...Along Hwy 503 behind the ceremonial houses, c1975. Photo by Randolph Falk. This sign is now inside the Lelooska Museum. ... See MoreSee Less

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Living History Performances

October 18, 2014, 7:00pm

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

Approximately 2 hours in length Advanced Reservations are required $12 Adults, $8 Children 12 & Under Grounds open at 5:30pm including the Lelooska Museum. Call 360-225-9522 to reserve today! Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Living History Programs have been presented for more than four decades. Given for educational purposes, programs, classes and workshops are sponsored by the Lelooska Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Living History Performances start at the end of this month! Check our website for all of our School and Evening Dates! ... See MoreSee Less

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Miniature Button Blankets at Lewis River Fall Fest

September 27, 2014, 10:00am

Horseshoe Lake

September 27th and 28th! Saturday 10 am to 6 pm Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Come see us at the Lewis River Fall Fest, bring your kids to make Button Blankets and learn some fun facts!

Throw Back Thursday...In front of the original ceremonial house in Ariel, WA, 1975. Photograph taken by Randolph Falk. Dora Sewid-Cook, Chief James Aul Sewid, Chief Lelooska, Granny Alfred, Flora Sewid, Fearon Smith Sr. Jay Smith, Shona-Hah, Chief Tsungani, Julia Stoll, Mariah Reese, Patty Fawn & Nakwesee. ... See MoreSee Less

Flashback Friday....Chief James Aul Sewid and Chief Lelooska at the Sewide Potlatch in Campbell River, British Columbia, June 1987. Photo taken by Julia Stoll. ... See MoreSee Less

We here at the Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center want to thank everyone who stopped by our museum today for our last summer Saturday, and to everyone else who came by all summer long! Thank you for your new and continued support, without you there would be no us! ... See MoreSee Less

Chief Tsungani, Lottie, Mara & Isaac restoring the totem pole at the Oregon Zoo carved by Chief Lelooska during the Oregon Centennial in 1959. (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less


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