The University of Washington’s Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House

Each year we come together in this incredible space. This space is the completion of the University of Washington’s Phase One of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a Lushootseed word meaning Intellectual House) and fulfills a 40-year dream held by Native students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to construct a longhouse-style facility on UW’s Seattle campus that pays homage to Coast Salish culture and architectural traditions. It serves as a visible symbol honoring the region’s Indigenous peoples.

Since the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ opened its doors on March 13, 2015, this space has been the hub of exciting activity. Our event symbolizes the living breath of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ and exemplifies the spirit of sharing, cooperation, and commitment to Indigenous knowledge and local, national, and international Indigenous communities.