ArtWORKz 2017

2017 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition

January 28 - March 17

The sixth annual youth art show and competition, ArtWORKz 2017, featuring the artistic endeavors from youth throughout the region under the age of 19 will be on exhibit in the Tamástslikt gallery from January 28 through March 17, 2017. 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 18 which begins at 1pm and is open to the public.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Celilo: Progress Versus Protest

April 07 - July 14

The building of The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River in 1957 and the resulting submersion of Celilo Falls was done under the flag of progress. Biologists, sport and commercial fishermen, congressmen, and citizens opposed and protested the dam. Almost 60 years later, American Indians are protesting yet another “progressive” project, the Dakota Access Pipeline. Is history repeating itself?

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.