The mission of Longhouse Media is to catalyze indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change.
Longhouse Media, a Washington State non-profit organization, was launched in January 2005. Our vision was to start an indigenous media arts organization that would nurture the expression and development of Native artists, drawing from traditional and modern forms of storytelling, cultural identity, teaching and inquiry, based in the technologies of today.
Central to Longhouse Media is the belief that young people are the next generation of storytellers and educators. Youth produced work created through our various programs have not only yielded strong and positive new media, but also increased participants‘ self esteem, worked as a catalyst for community interaction and dialog, and supported youth in the development of life skills and academic success in school. In ten dynamic years we have worked with more than 2700 Native youth in the Pacific Northwest through partnerships with regional tribes, funding agencies and established non-profits.
In our work here at Longhouse Media, we have continued to develop an array of successful media arts programming for Indigenous communities; partnering with the Seattle International Film Festival to organize and host the annual SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, co-presenting with Northwest Film Forum our monthly screenings entitled Indigenous Showcase, working in collaboration with Native youth and Vision Maker Media (PBS) to produce the acclaimed feature length documentary March Point for PBS; Independent Lens, supporting the work of Urban Indian artists through multi-media art shows, launching the on-reservation Native produced daily television show Native Lens TV with an audience of 100,000 viewers, and offering an ongoing series of educational workshops and trainings in partnership with tribes, schools, museums, cultural centers and health clinics.
We are both proud and humbled by our successes, fueled by the knowledge that we are bridging a gap between Native communities and digital media, and providing life skills, career development in the media field, community involvement through multimedia projects, and artistic expression through digital filmmaking. We wish to thank all of our supporters, tribal partners, students, mentors, community members, funders, and volunteers, for your inspiration, generosity, and dedication.