Chemakum Longhouse for The People Project
The Chimacum Center has offered space on this website to share information about the Chemakum Longhouse project. You can learn more and support this effort at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-build-a-traditional-longhouse
Naiome Krienke, of Chemakum, S’klallam, and other mixed tribal heritage, holds a clear vision of a day when Chemakum people will feel at home again on the land where they have lived since Time Immemorial. This vision is centered around the return of traditional longhouses where Chemakum people will gather and tell stories, sing, dance, and revive culture together with relatives from neighboring tribes as well as settlers who are new to this land – and where the wounds of both colonization and long standing tribal conflict can begin to heal. These lands, now known as Port Townsend, Chimacum, Port Hadlock, and Quilcene, were the homelands and convergence grounds for Chemakum, S’klallam, Skokomosh, and T’wana, Makah and more peoples, and this longhouse is a step toward honoring and reviving the Native presence in this place.
Currently, the prevailing stories are that the Chemakum people are extinct, or that they were ‘absorbed’ by other tribes. These stories do not reflect the continued presence of Chemakum people here and their challenges to be acknowledged. ThisLonghouse for the People project seeks to repair the erasure of Indigenous people and ensure that people of Chemakum lineage are seen and recognized as a people that still very much exist.
Naiome’s vision will begin with re-building the first longhouse in the Chimacum area since 1910, when all the longhouses that provided home for native communities and culture were burned down here.
We are living in a time that begs us to rethink the path we are on and work toward healing in our relationships with each other and with the land. Centering Indigenous people and their knowledge is critical to this change. The presence of a longhouse in this community will serve as a space for this healing to unfold the longhouse will be open to all.
Who is organizing?
This project is organized by Naiome Krienke as an individual, with strong support from many community members.
Does the project have permission/support from “the tribe”?
There are multiple tribes who have lived and moved through this area over Time. The Chemakum tribe is not a federally recognized tribe, so in this case there is no official tribal entity to ask. Since one of the goals of building this longhouse is to create a space for Chemakum people to gather, exist, and feel at home in, we will not be asking neighboring tribes for permission or funds.
Who is this longhouse for?
This project is intended to bring visibility to the Chemakum people and to create more cohesion within our community, between tribes as well as between Native people and settlers. This longhouse is for everyone.
Where will the Longhouse for the People be located?
We are currently looking for locations by talking to private land owners, agencies and organizations that are current property holders in the wider Chimacum area. We would like to find land with shoreline access so we can welcome the Canoe Journeys. If you have ideas or leads on potential land, please let us know!
What else can I do to help?
There are several ways to support this project monetarily.
Our preferred option is through our gofundme:
If you would like to donate through the Chimacum Center, please get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org