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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.

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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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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.

Winter 2019 Events

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

Fall 2018 Events

The Lelooska Foundation’s Fall 2018 Events 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.

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Family Fun times with this basket that includes 4 tickets to OMSI, a roller skating pass to Oaks Park, Rocky’s Pizza, Starbucks and more! #silentauction #april20 #lelooska #culturalcenter #art #culture #history #community #oakspark #oaksamusementpark #oaksparkrollerrink #omsi #oregonmuseumofscienceandindustry #rockyspizza #starbucks #familyfun ... See MoreSee Less

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Family Fun times with this basket that includes 4 tickets to OMSI, a roller skating pass to Oaks Park, Rocky’s Pizza, Starbucks and more! #silentauction #april20 #lelooska #culturalcenter #art #culture #history #community #oakspark #oaksamusementpark #oaksparkrollerrink #omsi #oregonmuseumofscienceandindustry #rockyspizza #starbucks #familyfun

Support our educational programs at our #silentauction on #april20! This steel cutout is one of many donated by Woodland’s PDM Steel. #lelooska #culturalcenter #community #support #art #culture #history #pnw #arielwa #woodlandwa ... See MoreSee Less

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Support our educational programs at our #silentauction on #april20! This steel cutout is one of many donated by Woodland’s PDM Steel. #lelooska #culturalcenter #community #support #art #culture #history #pnw #arielwa #woodlandwa

Check out this yummy basket of goodies from Trader Joe’s, perfect for a week of Italian dinners! Online bidding is now open on our website at www.lelooska.org or bid in person at our #silentauction #april22 #support #art #history #culture #education #traderjoes ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out this yummy basket of goodies from Trader Joe’s, perfect for a week of Italian dinners! Online bidding is now open on our website at www.lelooska.org or bid in person at our #silentauction #april22 #support #art #history #culture #education #traderjoes

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This autographed copy of Randolph Falk’s 1975 Book will be part of our upcoming #silent auction #april20 #lelooska #culturalcenter #history #art #culture ... See MoreSee Less

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I also have a signed copy along with Shona Ha dolls, Tsungani's masks, Don's knife, Beaver bowl, bentwood box, and watchman pole. I want some of this to come back to the foundation when I am no longer able to display or care for it. We need to talk some time about what you would most like to have so that I can get than placed into our will.

The creation of this book introduced me to Lelooska and family 43 years ago. So thrilled to have journeyed back last November. Thank you for all you do to keep the Center alive. ❤

I have one of these as well. It stays with a ShonaHa doll my grandmother commissioned. I have so many great memories of visits there.

One of the printer's daughter gave me a copy of this book in 1975.

Woodland Burgerville has donated this fun BBQ Basket for our #SilentAuction on #April20 complete with a $25 Burgerville Gift Card! #lelooska #culturalcenter #art #culture #history #woodlandwa #arielwa #burgerville #community ... See MoreSee Less

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Woodland Burgerville has donated this fun BBQ Basket for our #SilentAuction on #April20 complete with a $25 Burgerville Gift Card! #lelooska #culturalcenter #art #culture #history #woodlandwa #arielwa #burgerville #community

Tsungani shares the final stages of creating a mask, transforming rough wooden carvings into the vibrant, colorful, complex crests 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, 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. Please bring a lunch.


NW Coast Woodcarving 2: The Final StagesAugust 10, 2019, 10:00amLelooska Foundation and Cultural CenterTsungani shares the final stages of creating a mask, transforming rough wooden carvings into the vibrant, colorful, complex crests 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, 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. Please bring a lunch.
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NW Coast Woodcarving 2: The Final Stages

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Northwest 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.



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

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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.


Miniature Button BlanketJuly 6, 2019, 2:00pmLelooska Foundation and Cultural Center 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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Miniature Button Blanket

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