History buffs invited to November event

October 28, 2013 by  

The Lelooska Foundation will be presenting one of its Living History Performances next month. The evening will be dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the traditions of the Pacific Northwest First Nation’s Kwakiutl people, which may interest history hunters in Longview and other nearby areas.

Since 1977, the Lelooska family has presented a two-hour living history program crafted to resemble a traditional Winter Ceremonial event. The presentation will take place in a facility replicating a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house lit by firelight. The Lelooska Family dancers and Chief Tsungani (Fearon Smith Jr.), brother of the original Lelooska who passed away in 1996, will present ceremonial masks to attendees and explain the significance of each. All of the artifacts in the show will represent the Northwest Coast First Nations culture through costumes, dance, song, and story.

Printing companies and other interested organizations can sponsor a Lelooska Foundation Living History Program by calling 360-225-9522 or by completing a form at the Lelooska website. Acknowledgements are included in print on the day of the event and on the foundation’s site and in its newsletter.

Due to limited seating, reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the foundation. Advanced registration is also required by sending a check, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the foundation. Tickets will be mailed back.

The performance will be Saturday, November 9, starting 7:00 pm at the Lelooska Cultural Center, 165 Merwin Village Rd Ariel, Washington 98603.The museum and grounds will be open at 5:30 pm. For those who miss the presentation, there will be another one November 30, also at 7:00 pm.

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