Lelooska Museum: Artists At Work

Immerse your students in the grounds of the Lelooska Cultural Center as you visit the Lelooska Museum for an in depth look at the art and artifacts that share the cultural heritage of Native Peoples from across North America. Interpreters will take your students on a guided tour of some of the significant art and artifacts in our museum collection.

Your students will have the chance for hands-on learning with our cultural sharing box. They will have the chance to touch and handle a carved wooden mask, a miniature button blanket, a miniature bentwood box, a ravenstail weaving sample, abalone shell, ermine, trade beads, cedar bark and more.
You will then walk down to the Gathering Hall and see traditional artists working on their art.

You will encounter artisans working on at least one of the following traditional art forms: woodcarving, button blankets or northwest coast flat design. You will also have a chance to see additional exhibits and explore our gift shop where there will be a variety of books, shirts, and educational materials.
Included In this Field Trip:

  • 15-45 Minute Guided Tour of the Lelooska Museum. Length dependent on age level. Knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.
  • 15 Minute Presentation and Hands On Opportunity with Cultural Sharing Box
  • 30 Minutes to watch traditional artists at work in the Gathering Hall.
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Exploring Traditions: Storytelling

This is not a School Living History Performance, this is a presentation similar to the tours offered in 2022.

Step inside the Ceremonial House, as the cedar doors swing open, you’ll enter the space where the Lelooska Family hosts their Living History Performances. Carvings on house posts surround you as you have a chance to sit inside this traditional building and hear several traditional stories shared by Chief Tsungani. At least two of the masks used in the Living History Performances will be on display, most often an articulated or transformation mask. During the presentation, learn how these masks are created and used. Examples of the different stages in the creation of these masks will be on display, from a block of cedar to a completed mask. Students will also learn about the significance and importance of this building, how it is constructed and what is represented in the carved house posts, welcoming figure, screen, drum and copper. There will be a time for questions and answers at the end of the sharing time.

Next students will visit the Lelooska Museum & Gathering Hall on a self guided tour to explore the art and artifacts in our collections. The museum collection spans across the United States and Canada and contains art and artifacts from many cultural regions.
Included In this Field Trip:
45-60 Minute Presentation & Storytelling with Chief Tsungani. Duration is dependent on age level.
Question & Answer Time with Chief Tsungani.
30 Minutes for Self Guided Tour of the Lelooska Museum & Gathering Hall with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.

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Exploring Traditions: Woodcarving

Northwest Coast Woodcarving is one way in which a noble family shares their rights, crests and privileges that have been handed down through their family since the beginning of time. These crests which manifest themselves as animals, supernatural beings and ancestors are most commonly shared through their story, song, mask and dance during a potlatch.


Although many First Nations people along the Northwest Coast have a carving tradition, the styles and variations vary throughout the region. Chief Tsungani will be discussing both the history, and techniques used in woodcarving. He will demonstrate the tools used in the creation of ceremonial masks, discuss the type of materials used and give your students the opportunity to see a block of wood begin to transform into a carved mask. Hands on examples will be passed around so that students can deepen their understanding.


Following this presentation students will have the opportunity for a self guided tour in the Lelooska Museum with our knowledgeable staff. The museum collection spans across the United States and Canada and contains art and artifacts from many cultural regions.


Included In this Field Trip:

  • 30-45 Minute Presentation & Woodcarving Demonstration with Chief Tsungani. Duration is dependent on age level.
  • Question & Answer Time with Chief Tsungani.
  • 30 Minutes for Self Guided Tour of the Lelooska Museum with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.
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Living History Performance

Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a 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 Sewid. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon.

The performance you will witness was
developed by Chief Lelooska, Chief James Aul Sewid and tribal elders to share the history and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. The Lelooska Foundation has sponsored these programs since 1977.

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Adults $18

Child $16


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