A longhouse is a traditional building created by the Eastern Native Americans. A traditional building is long, 100 feet, and rounded, with entrances facing the east and west. There would be three levels of benches within the building. The first level would be seating for food, crafting, and other work. The second level is reserved for sleeping, and the third is storage.
Each building could house several families, but typically, the mother's side would stay in one longhouse. In a true longhouse, the structure would be formed of branches, skins, grasses, and bark with side panels that could roll up to let in air. These buildings no longer exist; however, the Nause Waiwash does have ownership of a more modern longhouse.
Circa 1870, the longhouse, a historical church at the intersection of Maple Dam and Green Briar roads, is one of the many projects our tribe has pursued. Through fundraising, we are working to restore the building to its former state. We have gradually worked on the structure for twenty years, and continue to work on it in hopes of one day opening the doors once again to the native community. Here, the tribe will conduct gatherings, ceremonies, and open the doors for those that wish to see it for educational purposes.
We will post our progress here to show the public out efforts in maintaining history.
On Native American Heritage day, November 25, the Nause Waiwash try to give back to the community by doing a clean up. This year, and in light of recent events, we as a people decided to plant a cedar tree in support of law enforcement officials. The cedar tree is an important symbol in our tribe, similar to the Christian cross. We planted the tree to symbolize strength, protection, unity and growth for all members of law enforcement. The Nause Waiwash are proud to stand by our local police and what they do to keep our community safe. We appreciate all those that were able to attend the ceremony, and those that didn't as well. It was a delight to show our support and share our culture with such important members of our society.
May every shift and patrol return you safe to your homes and families.