Fall Performances Return!
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September Newsletter
Lelooska Foundation
Living History Performances

October 17, November 7 & 28
at 7:00pm

Approximately 2 hours
in length.
Reservations are necessary.

$12 Adults
$8 Children 12 & Under

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

Summer Events well received!
We had a great turn out this summer for our free special events. A big thank you to our fur trade interpreters, Mark and Midori Hanus for their volunteer time.
Tying it all Together; Making Cordage from Nature
In this Issue:
  • Living History Performances
  • School Programs
  • Summer Events Recap
  • We want to hear your stories!
  • "The Woman Who Came to Dinner" by Julia Stoll
  • Classroom Corner
  • Fred Meyer Rewards
  • Amazon Smile

School Programs
Fall 2015-
Spring 2016 

Reservations are
now available!

October 1, 6, 8(FULL), 13,
15, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 & 30

November  3, 5, 10, 12(FULL),13, 17 & 19(FULL)
April 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 & 22

May 6(FULL), 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 24, 26 &31

June 2(FULL), 3(FULL),
7 & 9
School programs begin at 10:30 am and are approximately one hour in length.

$6 per person adult or child.
Space is limited, Advance Reservations are Required!

For more information or to reserve
call 360-225-9522, email

Buttons, Blankets and the Trade


Have Parflesche, Will Travel: Painted Art on Rawhide

We want to hear your stories!
Many of you have your own story of your first visit to the Lelooska Cultural Center, or your experiences here.  Please share your story with us, so that we can preserve your part of our history, and possibly share it in a future newsletter.  Stories can be emailed to or mailed to the Lelooska Foundation P.O. Box 526, Ariel, WA 98603

The Woman Who Came to Dinner
By Julia Stoll
~Originally published in the Lelooska Foundation Newsletter in 2001

Thirty-one years ago the Anderson family from Portland invited me to go with them to dinner at the Lelooska Family home in Ariel, Washington. When we walked through the door, a fascinating world surrounded us. We were greeted with the most hearty welcome by Mary Shona-Hah, Lelooska and Gram.
Gram, Shona-Hah’s mother, and Lelooska, Tsungani, and Patty Fawn’s Grandmother, was tending the food. A red and white checkered tablecloth stretched across the family table which could seat about fifteen people. Through the opening in the wall over the table you could see Lelooska’s work area, full of carvings in process, and a massive cedar carving block with traditional adzes and crooked knives. Nearby, Shona-Hah’s work table was overflowing with materials. Carved doll heads and carved hands sat on sticks in cans. A palette plate sat near a couple of dolls, receiving finishing touches of paint, and just the right miniature basket or other item to describe the doll’s activity.
Soon everyone gathered at the table, with Lelooska sitting at the end, closest to the stove. The conversation that night, as I found to be true of conversations over the next three decades to come, was full of great laughter and good will. The family’s children’s issues of the day were discussed, and challenges related to the current carvings of Lelooska, Shona-Hah, Patty Fawn, and Tsungani were shared.
That night was Thursday, April 4, 1970. When Patty asked me to stay for the weekend, I thought, wonderful! On Monday, she asked me to stay for the summer, and I thought, what a fascinating place to be! Thirty years later, I still concur, what a fascinating place to be! Within days, I was to experience the ceremonial house and the masked dances. That summer I helped process red cedar bark for carvings and a red cedar bark cape. Also, I processed wool for a Salish blanket. I made a Button Blanket which I still wear in the programs, and I began studying Northwest Coast Flat Design.
What made the Lelooska Family such a wonderful environment was the continual creativity, the continual productivity of artists, the continual sharing of ideas and history and the great respect for the past.
From that first year, I saw a constant respect for the native culture of the past and an eagerness to contribute to the preservation and vitality of native culture in the present. At that time, the Northwest Coast dances were scheduled through OMSI and performed in Ariel.
In 1972, Shirley and Ralph Bozorth, a pioneer family in Woodland, helped to plan the Lelooska Museum. They voluntarily contributed the leading physical effort in constructing the Museum. Soon I was to see all kinds of artifacts from tribes across the continent brought from the family’s home and put on public display in the museum for everyone to enjoy when they came for dances.
Chief James Aul Sewide and his extended family and elder chiefs came down for the potlatch and the dedication of the museum. Chief Sewide gave the museum a name meaning Receptacle of Magic. The delegation from Alert Bay and Campbell River included about thirty Kwakwaka’wakw.
Over the years the dances continued, the museum collection was shared, and the Lelooska family of artists continued day by day creating their artwork.
In the late 1970’s, my father, Norman A. Stoll, an attorney in Portland, believed that what the Lelooska family was doing by presenting these dances and sharing their historic artifact collection could be best preserved by creating a non-profit foundation.
The legal work was done, creating the Lelooska Foundation. The Living History Programs began to be presented through the Foundation with tickets purchased. The family shared their museum collection without charge as people attended dance programs.
Lelooska and Shona-Hah never wanted to ask for any donations and they didn’t. They subsidized the programs and museum themselves until they died. People were asked only to pay a modest ticket price for the dances. After the death of Lelooska and Shona-Hah, the family realized that if the Living History Programs were to continue, a shift needed to be made.
The Lelooska Foundation in the last four years [now 19 years], has become more like other community valued non-profits, seeking contributions from the public and applying for grants from foundations to sustain activities. Because of the generosity of so many of you and the generosity of the Meyer Memorial Trust, SWIFT, The Oregon Community Foundation, and the Pacificorp Foundation [and many more organizations and individuals over the last 2 decades], the Living History Programs continue, and some of the artifact collection has become part of the Lelooska Foundation. Thank you so much!
The spirit of Lelooska and Shona-Hah is alive. The community and the family together have sustained the vision. Few places exist where you can actually slip into the architecture of another culture, smell scents, hear the music and the spoken myths, and see the stories come alive in the magnificent artwork.
Thank you for sustaining the vision! As younger generations step into a new century, we can all reflect back with respect. 
Classroom Corner
Dear Chief Tsungani, 
I had an AWESOME time! I loved your stories! They were fun and interesting! It was cool how when the guy was dancing the fire started. And I like Half Moon and Full Moon! They were funny. When the bear pulled on the doors and shook them it scared me! It was also funny when that big giant guy had feathers come out of his mouth! I really enjoyed my stay!
Your Friend ~Claire 4th Grade
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