wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Intellectual House Courtyard View

Grand Opening & Housewarming Reception
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: 4249 Whitman Court, UW Seattle Campus (E. Stevens Way and Whitman Court NE)

RSVP: Email cpromad@uw.edu
(A ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Tribal Leadership Summit will follow at 4 p.m.)

On Friday, March 13, a public cultural community celebration will also take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will include cultural protocols of the Coast Salish people, music, performances and cuisine.



Traditional Name Pronunciation

The traditional name for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House comes from the Lutshootseed language and is phonetically pronounced “wah-sheb-altuh.”

(Click to hear it pronounced)

Recording was provided by Jill K. La Pointe, MSW ’88, of the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Tribes. She is the granddaughter of the late Vi Hilbert, a revered Lushootseed linguist.

About wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ –

Intellectual House

The University of Washington and the region’s tribes are leading an effort to build the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility at the University’s Seattle campus. Its mission is “to provide a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, and others of various cultures and communities to come together in a supporting and welcoming educational environment to share their knowledge and their cultures with one another.”

A primary purpose of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House is to increase Native American students’ success at UW, preparing them for leadership roles in their tribal communities and the region. While the UW has made promising gains in recruiting Native American students, retention and graduation rates for Native American students fall short of those of other student groups, both at UW and at colleges across the country. wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House will support students’ ability to remain involved in their home tribes and communities through its social and academic programs and its symbolic design. We envision that tribal elders and community members will gather together at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House for dialogue, storytelling, and sharing knowledge with our students.

Funding for the project has been provided through the UW, individual gifts, organizations and communities, corporations and foundations, and government organizations. The site is located on the Northeast section of the campus, between the Quad and MacMahon Hall. A site blessing was performed on Friday, April 10, 2009. View the blessing agenda and a brief history of blessing ceremonies here. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Oct. 25, 2013. The longhouse will open in March, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House is not yet taking reservations for use of its event space, but will do so soon. Please check back for updates.

Learn more about the news and milestones associated with the journey to build the longhouse.

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