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Tulalip Gathering Hall

Tulalip Gathering Hall

“It is important that we return to the tradition of gathering to revitalize our tribal values and integrate them into our emerging present-day culture.  An increasing percentage of our tribal community are youth.   Our gatherings need to help them to know our traditions and customs to help them into the future.   We must balance between the old and the new ….  We must balance between what is meaningful and what is useful.”

The Gathering Hall is a multi-use facility that can accommodate up to 1,500 tribal members for such activities as General Counsel, Pow Wows, meals, funerals and other gatherings.  It is sited on Tulalip bay which is the historic and cultural center of the Tulalip tribes.  The form and materials of the building are simple and traditional.  The ancient wisdom of tribal peoples draws them to gather in a circle.  This allows them to both listen to a speaker, and also see the faces of the other listeners helping them to find the way to consensus and agreement.   The large supporting cedar columns are arranged in a gentle curve to encourage a circling arrangement of gathering.  This enclosing shape also references the shape of a canoe which is an important artifact of travel for the Coast Salish People.




STATUS:  Design – 2017, Construction – 2018-2019,


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