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House of Learning (Longhouse)
Standing in a grove of cedar trees, the Peninsula College Longhouse was the first longhouse in the nation built on a community college campus. The vision of a Longhouse as a center for cultural expression and educational achievement for all students and community members has collaboratively been woven together by Peninsula College and the six local tribes: Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Lower Elwha Klallam.
In 2007, leaders from the six local tribes and the College opened “House of Learning” with a cedar bark ribbon-cutting ceremony. This ceremony was the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction and honored important tribal and community relationships. More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction.
The cutting of the ceremonial cedar bark ribbon honored not just the building itself, but the building of important relationships and friendships that will enrich and strengthen the lives of all who enter the Longhouse doors. We invite you to visit the House of Learning.
Upcoming Longhouse Programs:
February 4, 2015 at 7pm in Maier Performance Hall
This film, directed by Neil Diamond (2009), is co-sponsored by the Longhouse and will be followed by a panel discussion. Reel Injun, as is stated on the film's website, explores "the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema," focusing especially on Hollywood's troubling representation of Native peoples. This Peabody Award-winning film features interviews with directors, writers, actors, and activists such as Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, Clint Eastwood, John Trudell, and Russell Means.
General admission is $5; free with a student ID. Magic of Cinema is sponsored by the Peninsula College Associated Student Council.