The Art of Survival – Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake

November 03 - January 06

An exploration of the only Japanese American Segregation Center of World War II, this haunting exhibition probes the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. Ruled under martial law, Tule Lake was the most controversial of all the Camps. Opening day is FREE.


2018 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition: Call for Entries

November 01 - January 18

We’re inviting all young artists to participate in this year’s 2018 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition!

Show your art in a real gallery setting, win awards, and be the guest of honor at the Artists Reception. Open to ages 18 & under, tribal and non-tribal, all forms of media, no entry fee. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 18, 2018 (no exceptions). Art must be framed and ready to mount with hooks, wire, etc. Click here for the rules and regulations. Click here for the entry form (required). Get the details, get started on your work of art, and get ready to be a featured artist!

2017 Winner Paige Baunach, 17

Holiday Sale Continues!

December 03 - December 30

A fantastic selection of merchandise is currently marked down by 50% through December 31! Take advantage of this discount and make your holiday shopping less stressful. Free gift wrapping, too!


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents “Race & Place: Racism & Resilience in Oregon’s Past”

December 16

Many Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This discussion looks at how Oregon’s history of racism influences our present and asks how diversity and inclusion can create thriving communities.  How can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future?

Faciliators Anita Yap and Traci Price lead the conversation in this series of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, the goal of which is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus.

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.



2018 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition

January 27 - March 17

The  annual youth art show and competition, ArtWORKz 2018, featuring the artistic endeavors from youth throughout the region under the age of 19 will be on exhibit in the Tamástslikt gallery from January 27, 2018 through March 17, 2018. A variety of art media forms will be on display including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography digital computer-generated art, fiber art, and traditional Tribal work such as beadwork, weaving, and parfleche painting. Young artists are competing for Grand Prizes, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Honorable Mentions, and Best Emerging Artist. The Artists’ Choice award is determined by the participants themselves. Prizes will be awarded at the Artists Reception on Saturday, February 10, 2018 which begins at 1pm and is open to the public.  OPENING DAY IS FREE!




Our Tribes are alive and prospering today. Tribal people have survived and thrive in the contemporary world. WE ARE features our resilient people as soldiers and warriors, players in government and the regional economy, leaders in salmon recovery success, balancing the modern with traditions, and still abiding by the Law of the Salmon.


Achievements, aspirations, and concerns of the tribal community are voiced in WE WILL BE. Cháwna mun na’ámta–We will never fade.


The 10-minute introductory Coyote Theater is open for visitors to enjoy. Spilyáy, the magical coyote dominates the story, expressing wisdom and foolishness in a comic exposition of how the world came to be as it is today. Witness Spilyay as he vanquishes the forces of destruction and saves the traditional foods for the Natítyayt.  Coyote Theater is accessible with admission.


Watch and listen for Spilyáy, the magical Coyote of Legend-Time. Find Spilyáy in Tamástslikt’s major galleries: We Were, We Are and We Will Be. Tamástslikt is a storyline museum and therefore does not merely document artifacts. In the SEASONAL ROUND, the Natítayt (the people) follow the pre-contact lifestyle of subsistence in the abundant natural world, reflecting its balance and order. Ambient sounds take the visitor to another time. Visitors will hear horses rumbling across the grassy plateau, storytellers in the winter lodge, the bell and worshipers in the church. They will hear a recreation of the 1855 Treaty Council of Walla Walla in the tribal language. Audio, artistry and historic images, rare and beautiful artifacts create a broad sensory experience depicting our Tribal world.