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.


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum Presents “What Does It Mean To Be American?”

November 04

The United States is a culturally diverse nation with residents who can trace their heritage to countries across the globe, and our diversity is projected to continue to increase over the next several decades. Given the differences of race, ethnicity, place, religion, wealth, language, education, and ideology that exist in the US, what are the things that unite us as a nation? How do we understand what it means to be American and what do we hold valuable? Join this conversation led by facilitator Ellen Knutson to share your ideas about what it means to be American and hear others’ ideas, to identify differences and points of connection that may lead us toward the ideal stated in the our nation’s motto: E pluribus unum (out of many, one).

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is FREE and open to the public.


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents “Experiences in an American Concentration Camp” by George Nakata

November 11

George Nakata was sent to the internment camps when he was 9 years old, but he still vividly remembers the experience. His family was forced to give up all their possessions, made to live in a stockyard surrounded by barbed wire, and then shipped off to an American concentration camp in Idaho. Nakata’s family, like thousands of other Japanese-Americans, experienced such treatment in the years following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor — a time of great caution and even paranoia when human rights seemingly became secondary to national security. Nakata will tell his story and that of his people on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1pm. Admission is open to the public and FREE! Refreshments will be served.

George Nakata



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.