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Makah Tribe be?is, Neah Bay, WA

Neah Bay, WA  2015
be?is Gathering Place

Pomegranate Center collaborated with the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay to design and construct a new gathering place for community members to proudly perform their dances, give basket-weaving and carving demonstrations, and gather however they please. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy this art-filled shelter and perhaps learn something new about the Makah that they didn’t know before.

Infused with artwork by local tribal artist Bill Martin, the project features a large covered shelter with engraved concrete artwork, an artist’s studio, stackable wooden benches embellished with carved and painted tribal designs, recessed stone fire pits, and improved beach access. The design approach echoes the traditional longhouse design using a combination of traditional and modern elements. The final project creates a balance between utility and beauty integrating many unique, artistic and hand made elements.  Funded by an ArtsPlace Grant received in partnership with Forterra, this project began in 2013 with multiple community workshops, and was completed through a collaborative construction effort between Pomegranate Center, Via Architecture and Forterra in 2015.

The grand opening celebration featured a drum circle and symbolic cedar ribbon cutting with Tribal leaders.

Media: Makah Plan Gathering Place Building at Hobuck Beach, Peninsula Daily News