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Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport & Art

August 03 - October 13

Sports have long been an important part of life in American Indian tribal communities. Lacrosse and surfing are attributed to indigenous peoples. In modern times, Native athletes quickly gravitated to sports like baseball, basketball, football and rodeo, and many American Indians have excelled in modern sports. Competing in sports in tribal communities teaches cooperation, consensus, compromise and teamwork, all of which are pillars of indigenous societies. This exhibit features artwork, artifacts, history and discussions about sports and its role in tribal life. Thank you to our sponsors CHI St. Anthony Hospital and C.M. Bishop, Jr. Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Opening day is FREE!

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Bag a Great Price on Bags! 25% OFF!

July 01 - July 31

All this month our bags, totes, backpacks, and purses are on sale at 25% off! Come in early while the selection is at its best.

(Offer may not be combined with other offers/discounts.)

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FREE First Friday!

August 03

Everyone enjoys FREE admission the first Friday of every month! Plus, we have Indian Tacos at only $8 on the menu at Kinship Cafe that day. And FREE beadworking classes in the Museum Store starting at 10am. Our next FREE Friday is August 3 – see you then!

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Annual Kidz Pow Wow

September 01
1pm-4pm

All kids up to age 12, Tribal and non-Tribal, are invited to participate in this fun day of dancing, drumming, singing, and playing games.  Regalia is not required. Participation is FREE! Prizes and t-shirts!

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PERMANENT EXHIBITS

WE WERE

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.

WE ARE

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.

WE WILL BE

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

COYOTE THEATER

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.