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Work Party!

Saturday, February 21st 10am-2pm
Come help the Lelooska Foundation clean up the grounds and get ready for Spring!  We will also be planting new Native Plants on our grounds as part of our implementation of our grant from the Firstenburg Foundation. Lunch will be provided.  Bring your work gloves. Please call or email if you can come!

 Lelooska Foundation
Living History Performances
May 9 & June 13, 2015

7:00 pm, Approximately 2 hours in length.
Reservations are necessary.
$12 Adults, $8 Children 12 & Under
Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’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
or email

Then send your check and a SASE to
P.O. Box 526, Ariel, WA 98603
or reserve and pay online at:
Winter and Spring Classes
Advance Reservation Required
Call 360-225-9522 to reserve your spot!
Northwest Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10am-3pm $45

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 art. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own for critique.

Please bring a lunch with you.

Northwest Woodcarving 2: The Final Stages

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am-3pm $60

Chief Tsungani shares the final stages of creating a mask, transforming rough wooden carvings into the vibrant, colorful, complex faces 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 and 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 with you.

Northwest Coast Flat Design Class

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10am-2pm $45

Explore with Tsungani how the forms and elements of Northwest Coast art come together as designs that represent hereditary crests. You will learn basic forms and begin to work on layout of designs through drawings and the creation of templates. This is a valuable class for those interested in carving, painting or button blankets. 
Please bring a lunch with you.

Miniature Button Blanket Class

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2-4pm $35

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. 
Congratulations to Jade Nosler and Mara Reese, Cadette Girl Scouts in Yale Troop 40898 for receiving the Cadette Community Service Bar for volunteering over 20 hours at the Lelooska Foundation!
Congratulations to Jennifer Parkhill, Sarah Parkhill, Mara Reese, Alexis VanDoren, and Kaitlin Pankratz for earning their LIA in preparing for helping put on Girl Scout Day at the Lelooska Cultural Center last August.

Reserve Your Field Trip Today!

School Living History Programs

Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in our Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house.  The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide.  Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members.
We are now taking reservations for our Spring 2015 school programs. School programs are most appropriate for children in the 3rd or 4th grades, however other age groups can be accommodated. 
Space is limited, reserve early!  

To reserve, please call (360) 225-9522 with the total number of seats that are needed and we can let you know what dates we can accommodate your school.

April 23(full), 24, 28(full) & 30(full)
May 1, 5(full), 7(full), 12, 14(full), 15(full), 19(full), 21, 22, 26(full), 28(full) & 29
June 2, 4(full), 5, 8, 9(full) & 11(full)

School programs begin at 10:30 am and are approximately one hour in length.  
Following the program students will visit the Lelooska Museum which displays an extensive collection of Native Artifacts from North America.  They will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn the significance of many of the artifacts on display.
Admission is $6.00 per person, adult or child. 
Advance reservations are necessary. 

P.O. Box 526, 165 Merwin Village Road, Ariel, WA 98603,
Dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.
Resources available on our website at         
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Located just 10 miles east of I-5 from the Woodland Exit #21
Classroom Corner

The Lelooska Trip
By Calla 
The fire light shines so bright,
The button blankets are quite a sight,
The stories there were great,
Nothing there did I hate.
I left the show with a smile on my face,
I saw the artifacts in a big glass case,
When I left the longhouse I started to look around,
The last thing I see is the fire die down.

Dear Chief Lelooska,
Thank you for the stories, songs, masks, and I hope I can go to the museum. We are going to make button blankets. We also made masks, too. I love your button blankets. We love you Chief Tsungani!
Thanks again Chief Tsungani -Nicole
Donors 2014 to Febraury 2015
General Fund:
Karen Acott
AmazonSmile Foundation
Justin Ball
Michael Hoeye & Martha Banyas
Jim & Joanne Beckman
Gwen Blough
Bob & Jane Brink
Daniel Brophy
Bruce & Barbara Brown
Ted & Joann Burton
Mike & Kate Byrnes
John & Marlene Caley
Stuart & Judy Card
Dee Carlson
Maureen C. Casey
Danny & LaVonne Caywood
Leeann & Ray Colwell
Curt & Jane Copenhagen
Sharon Crawford
Nigel Cundy
Carol Cunningham
Lisa Cunningham
Keni Cyrrumble
Ginny & Bill Davies
Brigitte Dawson
Joseph & Patricia Desimone
Shoshana Driver
Stephen & Nancy Dudley
Diane Dyer
Kathy & Larry Ellestad
Charles Ensign
Lorraine Kim Erion LKE Corporation
Margie Farwell
Karen Fettig
Bessie Francis
Anthony Galati
Don & Laurel Gaunce (Don’s Donut Depot)
Vasant & Sarah Gideon
GISI Marketing
Wendy Gordon & Michael Gottlieb
Marie Graser
Allan Gross
Suzanne Guthrie
Mark & Midori Hanus
Lois J. Harris
Fred & Sara Harwin
Charles & Lynda Hinds
Friendship Force of Lower Columbia
Tom & Roberta Hawkins
Sandy Hayslip
Jerry Heppell
Alan Houston
Lauren Hovde-Mumma
Joyce Huff
John & Kathryn Huffman
Charles Johnson
Darlene Johnson
Robert Johnson
Wendy Dasler Johnson
Lynn & Stephen Kane
Catherine Kernan
June Kleban
James Kunz
Loretta Kusak
Lakeridge Elementary School
Yomaira Lampi
Gloria Languedoc
Elizabeth & Robert Lawson
Susan Lenski
Peter J Liska
Carolyn & Larry Mastin
Susan McAdams
Edward & Edwyna McAninch
Bill McCracken
Tom & Dianne McDowell
Don & Jean McGovern
Jill Mclean
Donald & Karen Meyer
Roger & Teresa Michealis
Dr. Kenneth & Sandra Miller
Jeff & Kathy Mitchell
Kenneth & Diane Mitchell
Marjorie Montgomery
Audrey Moore
Carole Muth
Good Horse Nation
Mr. & Mrs. Neighbors
Linda Nelson
William R. Nelson Family in Memory of Rose Petersen
Elaine Nishimura
Mary Lou Oberson
Beth Opel
Donald Petersen
Joseph & Carol Pesek
Bob & Patty Pollock
Father Peter J. Powell
Kathleen Putek
Gretchen Randolph
Asa T. Reed
Eric Reese
Lynn Reuter
Michael Rice
Holly Boaz & Brad Richards
Durkee & Mary Jeanne Richards
Barbara Rhyne
Kathy Robertson
Karen & Gary Schmirler
Delores Secher-Jensen
David & Cathleen Sbur
Marcia & Dean Soule
Craig Smith
Rick Smith
Janet & John Stahl
Melissa Meacham Stewart
Glenn Sutt
Ann Taylor
John & Jean Thorpe
Matthew & Marti Todd
Arlene Tugel
Kenneth & Deborah Urman
United Way of the Columbia Willamette
Jerry Wallace
John Warren
Carolyn & Craig Weaver
Betsie Weil
Neeley & Doug Wells
Bill Werner
David & Susannah Westwood
Sylvia Wheeler
Judith Winge
June Yamrick
Robin Yakhour
Pamela Young
Jelena Zednik
Tom & Lisa Zeiner
Shelley Zoller
In Memory of Tarry Lindquist:
Gwen Blough
Jon & Marlene Caley
Joseph & Patricia Desimone
Shoshana Driver
Kathy & Larry Ellestad
Carole Muth & Robert Johnson
Catherine Kernan
Loretta Kusak
Lakeridge Elementary School
Marjorie Montgomery
Marcia & Dean Soule
Kenneth & Deborah Urman
Penny Guest & Kim McGlinn
Stanley & Mikki Weithorn
Museum Cash Box Donations
ACE Hardware-John
Alderwood Quilts & Sunset Lavender Farm-Sue Hauser
America’s Family Diner-Nate Chumbley
Angel Touch Therapeutic Massage-Tammy McElliot
Animals Are Wise-Eric Berlin & Sidney Manzanita
Bethany Vineyard & Winery-Beth Houser
Big Fir Campground & RV Park
Sharon Blum
Bond’s Indian Supply LLC-Diane Bond
Burke Museum
Canyonview Cyclery-Mark Plotkin
Cascade Pack and Paddle-Katherine & Bob Appling
Cascade Title-Leeroy Parcel & Lindsey Mctimmonds
Cash and Carry #566-Tessa
Chamber Music Northwest
Merri Christiansen
Cinema 21-Kimberly Young
Clinton Street Theater-Lani Jo Leigh
Columbia Bank
Columbia River Carbonates-Lori Murphy
Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center
Columbia Theatre-Jean Galvez
Costco Wholesale-Steve Schmaltz
Country Charm Acres & Grandma Candy’s Jams-Candy Falk
Cowlitz County Historical Society-David Freece
Craft Warehouse-Charlotte Spicer
Ron Crosier
Lisa Cunningham
Rebecca Cunningham-Strom
Curious Comedy Theater-Miranda
Dave’s Killer Bread
Deschutes Brewery
Elephants Delicatessen
Estate of Orville A. DeMars
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum-Larry Wood
Fibre Federal Bank-Shannon Cahoon
Fort Vancouver Tapestry Project-Robert Bradley
Gretchen Fuller
G. Loomis-Priscilla
G6 Airpark
Garlic Gourmay
Gilliano’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor-Kristine
Golden Skate-Doug
Grandpa’s Woodworking-Dave Olmsted & Al Sandblast
Harpers Outdoor and Tackle
Higgins Restaurant
High Desert Museum-Ann Arbow
Hilton Hotel Vancouver, WA-Krista Liles
Hi-School Pharmacy-Richard
Holland America Bulb Farm
Hotlips Pizza-Jeana and David
Judy Ibbs
IQ Credit Union-Jamie Dotson
James E. Brooks Library Archives and Special Collections-Marty Blackson
Jenn’s Custom Detail-Jennie Janac
JJ Jump Inc.
Wendy Johnson
Juliano’s Pizzeria
Morgine Jurdan
Kazoodles-Mary Sisson
L & J Feed
La Costa Restaurant-Manuel
Lamiglas-Dick Posey
Les Schwab Tire Center
Lewis River Golf Course-Chris Awsta
Lewis River Inn-James Haas Johnson
Mali Thai Cuisine
Mark Moy Academy of Martial Arts and Thai Chi-Mark & Victoria Moy
Marsee Baking
McMenamin’s Pubs & Breweries
Mint Tea-Jenna Eckert
Vivian Mosby
Moulton Falls Winery
Nancy’s Potholders-Nancy Johnson
Pat & Bob Nelson
Sandra New
New Seasons Market-Mary
Northwest Film Center-Karen Wennstrom
NW Pet Supply-David Olmsted
Oaks Park
Oregon Historical Society-Nicolas McCarthy
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Zoo
Otter Bear Studios-Paul & LeeAnn Googins
Ricky Palaski
P.F. Chang’s-Doreen Lowndes
Ricky Palaske
PDM Steel-Bill Raybell
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Pittock Mansion-Marta E. Bones
Elaine Plenda
Point Blank Distributing-Aaron Gardner
Pomeroy Farms-Betsy McKee
Portland Japanese Garden-Sarah MacDonald
Portland Spirit
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Walking Tours-Bob Fisher
Portland Walking Tours–David Bellis-Squires
Portland Youth Philharmonic-Olivia Kipper
Carol Raymond
Portland’s Culinary Workshop-Susana Holloway
Raven House Healing-Maureen Browning and Kyle Ward
Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center Kelso-Ginny Whiffen
Eric Reese
Mara Reese
Mariah Stoll-Smith Reese
Brad Richards
Rocky Rockwood
Rose City Rollers-Rocket Mean & ShredHer Cheese
Seattle Seahawks
SNAP Fitness
Joy Snead
Sportsman’s Warehouse-Matt
Starbucks-112th and Fourth Plain
Starbucks-12101 Mill Plain
Starbucks-83rd and Mill Plain
Starbucks-88th and Andresen Rd.
Starbucks-Battle Ground
Starbucks-Columbia Tech Center II
Starbucks-Commerce Center
Starbucks-Crossroads Center
Starbucks-Hazel Dell
Starbucks-Heritage Place
Starbucks-Lloyd Center
Starbucks-Ocean Beach Hwy.
Starbucks-Salmon Creek
Starbucks-Town Center
Brian Takeuchi
Dawn Takeuchi
Target Hazel Dell
Target Kelso
That Animal Place-Lisa Zeiner
The New Pheonix and Last Frontier Casinos-Cindy Gaylor
The Shelburne Inn-Laurie Anderson
Thoeny Farms-Erin Thoeny
Trader Joe’s-Trent
Tsugawa Nursery-Hillary Jensen
Umpqua Bank-Cherie Schatz
USNR- Sonia Perrine
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra-Carol Robinson
Wilco Farm Stores-Christina Thorpe
Wildlife Safari
Virginia Wilkerson
Wolf Haven International-Heather Hilf
Woodland Burgerville-Earl and Rick
Woodland Chevron-Julie
Woodland Dairy Queen-Rodney Ribelin
Woodland True Value-Mike Golik
Woodland Zumba-Kristina Rayl
Wreath Sources-Dennis and Ardie Stein
Robin Yakhour
Tom Zeiner
AOH Foundation
Colf Family Foundation
Firstenburg Foundation
H.B. Henson Fund
The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
Norman A. and Helen V. Stoll Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Stewart Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Gary Alexander
Janet Andrews
Maureen Browning
Kate Byrnes
Mike Byrnes
John Clapp
Veronica Cortez
Lisa Cunningham
Rebecca Cunningham-Strom
Carol Edmo
Ed Edmo
Catherine Fuller
Gretchen Fuller
Mark Hanus
Midori Hanus
Ryan Harker
Ron Johnson

Wendy Johnson
Blaine Kelley Jr.
Donnie Kelley
Volunteers Continued:
Haylee Kelley
Sharon Kelley
Kennon McNeal
Jack McWilliams

Kyle Niekamp
Jade Nosler
Aiden Olmsted
David Olmsted
Jobi Olmsted
Maddie Olmsted
Margi Olmsted
Darci Pankratz
Kaitlin Pankratz
Jenny Parkhill
Sarah Parkhill
Eric Reese
Isaac Reese
Kevin Reese
Mara Reese
Brad Richards
Tsungani Fearon Smith
Lottie Stoll-Smith
Alexis Van Doren
Amber Van Doren
Kyle Ward
Jeanne White
Larry White
Thomas Zeiner

Thank you to the many individuals, families and businesses that are Friends of the Lelooska Foundation! Your ongoing support ensures that we can continue to offer a valuable educational resource in our region!

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