Seeds of Culture

Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women

November 02 - January 05

Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has for the past five years been traveling and photographing Indian Country as part of her Project 562.  Wilbur’s Seeds of Culture exhibit is a collection of portraits that provides remarkable insights into contemporary Native American women. This curated selection of photographs from among the thousands of portraits she has taken in recent years across the United States are accompanied by written narratives and audio of the interviews she conducts as part of her project. Elders, activists, educators, culture-bearers, artists, and students have shared with Wilbur their realities as Native women. They convey how ancestral and contemporary identities shape their lives and hopes in Indian Country. Wilbur’s pursuit is “To Change the Way We See Native America” and this exhibit will certainly alter your perceptions.  Opening day is FREE!

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.


Kinship Cafe November Specials

November 01 - December 01

Join us for a month of delicious lunch specials!

November 2 – Indian Tacos!
Week of November 5 – Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash Pasta
Week of November 12 – Cranberry, Pecan, Feta Cheese, Mixed Greens Salad w/Huckleberry Vinaigrette
Week of November 19 – Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and Pumpkin Cheesecake (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Week of November 26 – Salmon, Pine nuts, Cranberries, Huckleberries, Parmesan Cheese, Mixed Greens Salad w/Huckleberry Vinaigrette

Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm

Indian Tacos

Museum Store HOLIDAY SALE!

November 23 - November 24

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals like you’ve never seen! Everything in the store is marked down 30%-70% on November 23 & 24! Great bargains on apparel, Pendleton Wool blankets, towels, and accessories, jewelry, children’s toys and books, DVDs, and much more. Come in early while the selection is at its best, stay for lunch at Kinship Cafe, and, hey, enjoy our new exhibit, “Seeds of Culture”, while you’re here!




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.


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.