Exploring Traditions: Woodcarving

  • 10:00 AM
  • 165 Merwin Village Rd, Ariel WA 98603
  • 360-225-9522

90 Minutes, 35 Guests Maximum, $12 Per Person (Processing Fee Included)

Fridays at 10am

Northwest Coast Woodcarving is one way in which a noble family shares their rights, crests and privileges that have been handed down through their 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. Chief Tsungani will be discussing both the history, and techniques used in woodcarving. He will demonstrate the tools used in the creation of ceremonial masks, discuss the type of materials used and give your students the opportunity to see a block of wood begin to transform into a carved mask. Hands on examples will be passed around so that students can deepen their understanding.

Following this presentation students will have the opportunity for a self guided tour in the Lelooska Museum with our knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions. The museum collection spans across the United States and Canada and contains art and artifacts from many cultural regions.

Included In this Field Trip:

  • 30-45 Minute Presentation & Woodcarving Demonstration with Chief Tsungani.   Duration is dependent on age level.
  • Question & Answer Time with Chief Tsungani.
  • 30 Minutes for Self Guided Tour of the Lelooska Museum with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.
  • Additional time can be spent:
    • Completing the Museum Hunt in the Lelooska Museum
    • Taking a group photo in front of the totem pole outside the museum
    • Completing the native plant find while exploring our grounds
    • Further exploration of the Gathering Hall collection
    • Exploring the Gift Shop in the Gathering Hall

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