wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.

Location: 4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (unless otherwise reserved)
Phone: 206-616-7066
Reservations: welebalt@uw.edu


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

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.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House officially opened on March 12, 2015. The site is located on the Northeast section of the campus, between the Quad and MacMahon Hall. Funding for Phase I of the project was provided through the UW, individual gifts, organizations and communities, corporations and foundations, and government organizations. Fundraising for Phase II – a Teaching and Learning Building – is underway. Make a gift here.

The planning process to build the facility received input and guidance from UW community members, an elders committee and regional tribes. A site blessing was performed on April 10, 2009 and the groundbreaking was held Oct. 25, 2013. Learn more about the news and milestones associated with the journey to build wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.

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Note About Reservations: 
Due to high demand and usage, the entire week of graduation, June 7-14, has been fully booked.  We thank you for your interest and look forward to working with you soon.

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