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6410 23rd Avenue NE
Tulalip, WA 98271

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The Tulalip Longhouse

The interactive exhibit allows you to sit, listen and experience a Tulalip longhouse by featuring a variety of recorded stories told by Tulalip’s gifted storytellers.

Lessons for Life

Where do you go to learn something new? For our ancestors teaching took place around the fires in the longhouse. This was a time of passing on family songs, stories, lineage and moral teachings. There are many types of longhouses in our community; for everyday living, for ceremonies and for learning.

“They told me stories which would create in me the desire to become brave, and good, and strong, to become a good speaker, a good leader, they taught me to honor old people and always do all in my power to help them.”
—William Shelton, Tulalip Tribal Leader (1868–1938)

Storytellers Have A Gift

When we listen to a story, we might sit back and relax. Our ancestors were much more active in their listening. Stories told about history, personal feelings, food gathering and traveling. They connected our ancestors to our land, culture and language. Storytellers shared more than the story itself. Stories also answered questions about life, love and relationships, providing instructions about appropriate behavior and conduct.

Traditional stories took time to tell. Gifted storytellers engaged their listeners with the stories’ characters by animating voices and the sounds of nature. People visualized places, feelings, sights and sounds that helped them to remember a story. Today, churches and longhouses owned and operated by our people continue to follow traditional storytelling teaching methods and incorporate an interfaith philosophy.

Some stories are owned by particular families, like owning a book—handed down generation to generation within their family. It is important to respect and remember to acknowledge the person who teaches you a story. Other stories were shared and all storytellers had the right to tell these stories.

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