wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House)
The project will construct an “Intellectual House” -- wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ ( hear it)-- and associated site improvements springing from the longhouse style traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Its purpose is to provide a multi-service learning and gathering space for students and the greater community to come together in a supportive and educational environment.
“To provide a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, and others of various cultures and communities to come together in a supporting and welcoming educational environment to share their knowledge and their cultures with one another.”
The building will be designed and constructed in a manner consistent with the environmental awareness and sensitivity of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest. The project will serve programs and provide an environment that promote and support the success of Native American students, staff and faculty. In addition, the project will provide a place that fosters the connections between the University of Washington community and the Native American community.
For information on this project, please see http://www.washington.edu/diversity/hok/index.html.