We had a great opportunity to attend the grand opening of the new Native American Long House Friday May 17th. The building is named Eena Haws, or “Beaver House” in Chinook. The new building is located just south of the original Longhouse that was first utilized by students in 1971.
The new Longhouse, designed by Seattle architectural firm Jones & Jones, replaces a World War II-era Quonset hut.
The new structure reflects the shape and style of a traditional Oregon Coast longhouse while respecting the multiple tribal cultures represented at OSU. It was designed and developed in collaboration with Native students at OSU, who provided input and had decision-making roles throughout the entire process.
The Eena Haws provides a great place for students to feel at home, while away from home and is also the first of the cultural centers to reopen their doors in the remodel project.