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December Newsletter

In this Issue:
  • A Letter to our Friends
  • Winter Classes
  • Silent Auction & Donor Appreciation Program
  • Classroom Corner
  • Spring School Programs
  • Spring Evening Living History Performances
Winter Classes
 NW Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions 
Saturday, March 4, 2017  -  10am-3pm

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 Indian art. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own for critique. Please bring a lunch. 
NW Coast Flat Design
Saturday, March 11, 2017  -  10am-2pm

Explore with Chief Tsungani how the forms and elements of Northwest Coast art come together in designs that represent hereditary crests.  You will learn basic forms and begin to work on layout of designs through drawing and the creation of templates.  This valuable hands on class is for those interested in carving, painting or button blankets. Please bring a lunch and a sketchbook. 
Miniture Button Blankets
Saturday, March 11, 2017  -  3pm-5pm 

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.
 NW Coast Woodcarving 2: The Final Stages
Saturday, March 18, 2017  -  10am-3pm

Chief 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 your own lunch.
Beaded Earrings Class
Saturday, March 18, 2017  -  3pm-5pm 

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.  
Dear Friends, 

We all strive to make a deeper connection in our world, to find our sense of place and value, our passion, our awakening. Each day that I find myself on the grounds of the Lelooska Cultural Center, I find that connection. 

Every day we invest our resources in the things we believe in. The choices we make in these investments help shape and enrich our communities, our families, and inevitably, our world. I see the effect of my choices every week through my interactions with the children who come to our school programs. I have the chance to share my knowledge of Native Cultures and see the glint in their eyes as their world grows a bit larger than they thought it to be. There is no better feeling than the moment when I connect with a child and their enthusiastic questions. It is a powerful privilege to create this type of impact in these young people. 

I believe in what we have done and what we continue to do each day at the Lelooska Cultural Center.  I see the impact of shared knowledge and experiences every time a parent approaches me and says that they came when they were a child and they are so grateful and excited to have the opportunity to share this experience with their children. The goals and impact of what started with our family has grown to become larger than any one of us. I have come to realize that I am a part of something that transcends time and that has a life altering effect upon everyone who experiences it.

Literally, hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted by what we continue to do at the Lelooska Cultural Center. This is not possible without you. You choose to invest your resources- whether that be time, money, or expertise in helping us to build the positive educational environment which makes this all possible. It is an extraordinary thing to witness and I am excited for what the future holds. 

     Please help us by continuing to fund this resource for future generations.

Thank you, 
Lottie Stoll-Smith 
Principal Dancer,
Daughter of Chief Tsungani
Support the Foundation
Save the Date!
2016 Silent Auction and
Donor Appreciation Program will be held April 15, 2016 
Classroom Corner
"Dear Lelooska Cultural Center, 
Thank you for letting us come to your Living History program and Museum! My favorite part was with Full Moon and Half Moon. It was really funny. I also liked the story with the Deer People, and yeah, they are not all that smart.  Thanks again for letting my school come see you!"       - Ivy 
Field Trip!

School Programs

Advance Reservations Required!
Dates are filling fast!
Reserve your space today!

April 18 through June 13, 2017

Call or email for dates
and space available.
School programs begin at 10:30 am and are approximately one hour in length.
$6 per person adult or child.

To reserve
call 360-225-9522,
Lelooska Foundation
Living History Performances

May 6 & 22, 2017

at 7:00pm

Approximately 2 hours in length.
Reservations are necessary.

$12 Adults
$8 Children 12 & 
Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks.  Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance, and story.  The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. 
Grounds open at 5:30pm including the Lelooska Museum.

To reserve tickets 
Call: (360) 225-9522

Then send your check and a SASE to
P.O. Box 526, Ariel, WA 98603
 or pay online at
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