The longhouse will be used for educational purposes and learning about the indigenous peoples who once flourished here. It would be open to everyone to learn about the culture and history of the indigenous peoples of this region, mainly Chemakum. The longhouse would also be a place for cultural events, such as singing, dancing, and storytelling. Sort of a living museum. And spiritual healing center. And is open to Chemakum people
For thousands of years, longhouses/plank houses dotted the shores of the Pacific Northwest Coast and were the center of our communities and cultures.
We made our first land purchase last year in Quilcene of almost 12 acres! And panted Camas and did much restorative work on the land. We bought a portable lumber mill with our neighbor and are ready to mill the lumber for our first longhouse! We still need a well. And are looking for waterfront property. Big dreams are coming true. Thanks everyone ♥
Many thanks for helping to build this dream, Naiome Krienke Chemakum, Quinault, Quileute, mixed tribal woman.
For more information on the importance of traditional longhouses see:
Wallace, Christina L. 2017. Architecture of the Salish Sea Tribes of the Pacific Northwest: Shed Roof Plank Houses. Accessible here: http://fitchfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FITCH_Christina-Wallace_final_web.pdf