Quileute People of La Push, Washington

La Push, Washington

Quileute People

Teams live and work with the Quileute people in La Push, a tiny fishing village on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Custom Faculty-Led Summer 2018

Site Specifics

Airport: Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
Typical Foods: Salmon, vegetables, fruit, sandwiches, coffee and milk
Lodging: Communal lodging
Language: English and Quileute
Transportation to Site: Meet at Seattle airport and drive four hours to La Push.

A Brief History of the Community

For millennia, the Quileute people have used long boats to catch fish, whales and seals in the sacred waters near La Push. They are the “children of raven” and have no language relatives in the region. 

In the past, Xperitas teams have worked on a variety of projects in La Push, such as building an outdoor amphitheater, gardening, beach cleanup and creating a home for the Self Help Drumming Group, a support group for drug and alcohol recovery.

CP Philosophy

Xperitas is committed to deep and intentional relationships with our primarily indigenous community partners. Projects are designed and led by the community and serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural learning. Participants agree that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and most important aspect of the program. As an organization we have cultivated sustainable relationships with our partners that are long lasting; it is important that our participants engage with the community respectfully and honor our partnership.

What will we do? Sample Activities

Because Xperitas CP programs are led by our partner communities, every program is unique. The day-to-day activities will be determined and led by the community and as a result participants experience an authentic immersion experience. Based on past programs, here are some activities you may engage in:

  • Participate in a weekly drumming circle with the community.
  • Collaborate on community efforts like refurbishing buildings, gardening and other projects with elders and youth.
  • Listen to stories shared by the elders to gain a greater knowledge of the community.
  • Build relationships by sharing stories, cooking or playing games with host families.
  • Reflect on shared experiences with the team and developing knowledge of the community.

Extend your Trip Ideas

Many past participants have extended their stay in Minnesota to explore other enriching activities. While we are not a provider of these services, we may have recommendations and contacts near the site who can assist you with your trip extension. Contact Xperitas for more information.

Here are some ideas for other activities you might enjoy:

  • Hike Hurricane Ridge and Hoh National Rainforest, both parts of Olympic National Park.
  • Relax on an Olympic National Park beach and see hot springs and beautiful waterfalls.
  • Visit the Space Needle for amazing views of Seattle before you head back to the airport.

Contact us to learn more about programs to La Push.