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.
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, 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.
*Our initial signature youth program, Native Lens, was established in 2003 by 911 Media Arts Center and developed in partnership with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community as a model media literacy program for Native youth. Longhouse Media wishes to thank 911 for its efforts to establish the Native Lens program.
- Support the emergence of new media works by indigenous artists and communities.
- Create and sustain educational arts and technology programs that are culturally relevant and based in a collaborative process between Longhouse Media, Native youth, elders, educators, youth workers, artists, and filmmakers.
- Break down negative stereotypes of Native people in the media.
- Produce high quality media for the broad community relating to Native issues and people. Also, to support indigenous non-profits with access to affordable media and video productions.
- Provide youth the skills necessary to tell their own stories through digital media.
- Foster experiences for young people and adults that provide career development in the media field, community involvement through media projects, and artistic expression through digital filmmaking.
Staff and Board
Tracy Rector (Seminole), Executive Director
Tracy earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program. She specialized in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. As the co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point and director of Unreserved Tracy has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. As a Native Education specialist, Tracy offers unique insight to her projects. Her vision is to bring traditional and contemporary education together on a foundation based in environmental stewardship. She has worked as a consultant with the Seattle Art Museum as an education specialist, as a Native Naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park and in planning for the new expanded Native American wing of the Seattle Art Museum and the international exhibition S’abadeb-The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists. Tracy also developed curriculum for IslandWood, an environmental education center. In 2009 Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers). She is a recent Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently works and lives in Seattle with her two boys. Tracy is the Co-founder of Longhouse Media.
Zoe Furlong, Office Assistant/Animator
Zoe is currently a sophomore at Dartmouth College in their film and media studies department and Native American studies. Zoe has been lucky enough to travel to many diverse places including Peru, Scandinavia, The Four Corners area where she spent time on the Navajo Reservation and Zuni Pueblo. Zoe’s travels to the southwest inspired her recent stop motion animation about identity entitled Iikaah. She has enjoyed filmmaking as a hobby since the age of eleven, and is looking to have a career in film production. She also enjoys acting, writing and performing music, thrift shopping, running track, and relaxing with friends. Zoe has been with Longhouse Media for over two years.
Victor Pascual (Navajo/Mayan), Web/Graphic Designer
As an accomplished artist, illustrator and graphic designer, Victor’s work focuses on the contemporary struggles of being indigenous in an urban environment. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring individuals and organizations within the Native community today while building a sizable portfolio, which also includes corporate clients and institutions, including Microsoft, Northwest Folklife Festival, National Indian Gaming Association, and National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Rose Stiffarm (Blackfoot/Tsartlip/Cowichan/Cree/Gross Ventre/Assiniboine/Sioux)
Rose is Siksika Blackfoot, Tsartlip, Cowichan, Chippewa Cree, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Sioux. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is an artist whose work spans different types of media. She has taken drawing and painting, drama, stage tech, band, music, graphic arts, journalism, and printmaking. Her interest in film was sparked in middle school by a short documentary she made for her history class. Rose was part of an all-Native theatre group called “Red Eagle Soaring” from 12 until she was 16. At Garfield High School she was a tech person in lighting and set construction and a stagehand. She played clarinet and alto saxophone in the award-winning Seattle All-City Marching Band, and the Garfield Marching Band throughout her high school years. Rose has received an honorable mention for her print “INDN Man” from the Seattle Central Community Colleges League for Innovation Art Competition in 2009. In 2009 she moved to Vancouver, BC. and was accepted into Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Film program where she is a current student.
Sherman Alexie, (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)
Alexie is a founding Board Member and current project advisor, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, is an author, poet, and filmmaker living in Seattle. In 2007 Sherman won the National Book Award for his teen novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and in 2010 he won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for writing. He has been an active contributor and mentor to Native Lens, and Longhouse Media Board member since our inception. www.fallsapart.com