Olympia / Shelton, Washington
Arrive early in Seattle, Washington and depart to the Evergreen State College Campus in Olympia, WA to visit the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. 'The House of Welcome' (sgwigwia?ltxw), was the first building constructed on a public campus that is based on Native American traditions that exists to provide service and hospitality to students, faculty, visitors and the surrounding Native Communities. It's primary functions are to provide a gathering place for hosting cultural ceremonies, classes, conferences, performances, art exhibits, and community events. After the tour travel west to Shelton, Washington to visit the 'Home of Sacred Belongings' (kwedigws?altxw) - The Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center to explore the past and present stories of the Squaxin Island Tribe. There you can walk through the 'Hall of the Seven Inlets' a permanent exhibit which depicts the relationship between the people and the seven watersheds of South Puget Sound, as well as, learn about the history, traditional legends and Native language. End your day by staying at the Little Creek Casino Resort, just 10 minutes away from the Squaxin Island Museum.