Da Gou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center
da gou rou louwi' = "the ongoing return of all" (spoken by Thomas K. Smith)
The mission of the Da Gou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center is to promote the understanding, revitalization, and celebration of Wiyot culture. Recognizing culture as a dynamic process and the Wiyot as a living people, the Center's goals are to treasure the past, enrich the present, and meet the challenges of the future.
The Da Gou Rou Louwi’ Cultural Center provides educational docent led tours by appointment (we can also do virtual tours if you are out of the area). Exhibits are rotated periodically. If you are a local parent or student let your school or teacher know. You are also welcome to come in anytime without an appointment or drop in for a self-guided tour. The Da Gou Rou Louwi’ Cultural Center is located at 417 2nd Street. Call 707-798-1949 for more information. email the Da Gou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center Manager to schedule a tour.
Wiyot Gift Shop
Open year-round and specializing in Wiyot handmade gifts and Wiyot Themed fine apparel, the Wiyot Gift shop;s selection of souvenirs, clothing, and local crafts is a must-see destination for visitors. With a large collection of handcrafted gifts bring home the perfect gift weather you are a local or a visitor to the area.
Location & Hours
The Da Gou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center is located in Old Town Eureka at 417 2nd Street Suite 101 and it is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on holidays. Gifts and temporary loans are welcome from the tribal and local community. Donors are encouraged to email the Da Gou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center Manager.
Current Exhibit: Honoring Native Veterans All Conflicts
(Eureka) The Da Gou Rou Louwi’ Cultural Center will be exhibiting Wiyot Veterans from the Tribe’sNational Archives in an exhibit titled, “Honoring Nave Veterans All Conﬂicts.” Nave Americans haveserved in the United States Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of ourNation with their lives. The Wiyot Tribe holds our Veterans with high regard. Wiyot Veterans haveserved in the Armed forces throughout history and are serving in the present day.
American Indian and Alaska Native people serve in the US Armed Services at a higher rate than any other group. According to the 2010 Census, it is estimated that over 150,000 veterans identiﬁed as American Indian and Alaska Native alone. The US Department of Defense estimates there are currently over 24,000 active-duty Native service members in the US Armed Forces. Since 9/11, Native Americans have served at a higher per-capita rate than any other ethnic group.
According to the 2020 Census, about 334,000 U.S. Veterans identify as American Indian/Alaskan Native. Within the Wiyot community, Wiyot Veterans are given special respect similar to that of elders for their personal sacriﬁce, to accept responsibility for the protection of our land and people.
The Cultural Centers names. Da Gou Rou Louwi’, means the “the ongoing return of all.” During this
month of November, a month where the country celebrates Native American Heritage, and a month and we observe Veterans Day. The Honoring Native Veterans All Conﬂicts Exhibit seeks to honor the service of all U.S. Veterans, while it highlights Wiyot Veterans. We apply this concept to our veterans.
We welcome our Veterans return with open arms. The purpose of this exhibit is to honor our service members and to highlight and advocate for increased care for our veterans today. Veterans returning home are entitled to the beneﬁts that the federal government has made available. But as Native veterans return home and seek to access the beneﬁts they are entitled to, veteran services and beneﬁts for them fall short of their needs and are less adequate than those provided to their non-Native counterparts.
Arts Alive Artist of the Month November: Happy Fish
Heritage Center Mural
During the summer of 2008, the Wiyot Tribe enlisted the artful hand of local known artist, Lyn Risling to direct the older children of the Reservation to create the Heritage Center Mural.
Pictured, left to right, are Lyn Rising, Corinne Alton, Danielle Smalling, Elizabeth Hernandez, Michelle Hernandez and Richie Green.
(Click on the photo to learn the Soulatluk words for the cultural items pictured on the mural!)