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October Newsletter

Lelooska Foundation
Living History Performances

October 17
Nov. 7 & 28

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
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
Thank you Donors for your generous support that makes it possible to continue offering our educational  programs and activities!

Donations from January 2014 through August 2015

Karen Acott
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In this Issue:
  • Living History Performances
  • School Programs
  • Classroom Corner
  • Thank You Donors!
  • "Memories" by Darwin Goodey
  • AmazonSmile
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards
  • Donate Today!
Classroom Corner
Feedback from Children that attend our School Programs

 Dear Lelooska Foundation,
 Thank you for allowing our class to have a wonderful field trip! Every single second was like an adventure! Especially when we got to watch the performance. 

~Brooke 3rd Grade
School Programs
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Reservations Open!
Limited Space Available for Fall

October 1
3, 22, 23, 27(FULL), 29 & 30
3, 5, 10, 12(FULL), 13, 17(FULL), 19(FULL), 20, 23 & 24
Dec. 1
12, 14, 15, 19, 21 & 22
6(FULL), 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 24, 26 &31
2(FULL), 3(FULL), 7 & 9(FULL)

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
By Darwin Goodey, PhD
Originally published in the Fall of 2000
As I contemplate retiring for the third time and move, once again, to a smaller office, I encounter many reminders of past activities that were sources of pleasure and enjoyment. Then, just a few days ago, I received a phone call from an incoming freshman as Central Washington University, who called to inquire as to “how I was doing.” The call was on behalf of her mother who took several Lelooska classes from “us” back in the mid 1970’s. The “us” being Chief Lelooska, the family, and myself. According to the daughter, these classes had been a high point in her mom’s educational career and had a profound and lasting effect on her. Yes, I do remember her mother, fondly, and with admiration. She commuted over 100 miles each way and was never late for the 8 a.m. session. She also earned her Master’s Degree at Central with her education concentration and thesis in the area of Indian Studies.
Not one to pass up a chance to sit and reminisce (although it is better than thinking about the future), I begin, once again, reflecting on the many positive experiences and great friendships that came from my 30 plus years of association with the Lelooska Family.
As many readers may recall, through the seventies, and eighties, and into the mid-nineties, we offered university credit from CWU, SPU, and Lewis and Clark College to students (teachers) participating in the Lelooska experience. There were many unique features with these classes, held in a retreat like atmosphere surrounded by Indian art and artifacts that provided visual aides extraordinaire. The relative isolation of the Lelooska facilities, the absence of the traditional university classroom atmosphere, and the gathering of students from such varied locations, gave students the valid feeling that they were engaging in something very unique and rewarding. These classes, on some occasions, had students from the Tri-Cities, Marysville, and Arlington, Salem, Hoquiam, Olympia, and Astoria, gathered at the same sessions to learn many new and interesting facts about Indians in America.
Lelooska and I had the same teaching philosophy and he had the knowledge to make it work. We believed education best takes place where those who presumably knew the least would ask questions of those who could furnish answers and enrichment. And so the morning session, 3 hours long, seemed to whiz by, according to the frequent comments as participants asked Lelooska questions, and followed their specific interest, some even developed the idea of asking challenging questions that they thought he couldn’t answer. In the end, they found out that he could indeed answer any question they posed.
After attending a few of Lelooska’s sessions, one teacher wrote a Dean at CWU informing him that she believed she now knew what education would be like in heaven. She told of asking Lelooska a question and he responded in a manner and with such dignity that she was proud that she had asked. I could relate many examples and stories of the joy and excitement students, teachers found in this experience. The learning experience continued as the participants took the days memories, that on occasions included a lunch of fry bread and buffalo stew, and went their collective ways.
I frequently hear from many of the teachers who participated in the Lelooska sessions. Their fascination with the Lelooska experience is still very strong. Their quest for knowledge prevails and the educational philosophy of Lelooska is ever present in their instructional methods. WHAT A LEGACY! Fortunately, the outstanding educational programs for children and the weekend evening programs are still being presented where these memories can be captured. 
In-Kind Continued...
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PDM Steel-Bill Raybell
Nicole Pearson
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Christi Pitones
Pittock Mansion
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Point Blank Distributing
Pomeroy Living History Farm
Portland Art Museum
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Portland’s Culinary Workshop
Portland Japanese Garden
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Raven House Healing
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Sportsman’s Warehouse
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Lelooska Museum Donation Box
Stanley & Mikki Weithorn
GRANTS 2014-2015
AOH Foundation
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of the Oregon Community Foundation
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Carole Viney Advised Grant of AEF

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