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August 22 - October 25

Throughout its 125-year history, National Geographic has published photographs of the American West that both support and defy romantic notions of the land and its peoples. Although not comprehensive in its editorial coverage, National Geographic consistently reminds us of the importance of the region to human imagination.  Wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources. The images shown in this exhibition, a small sample from the significant holdings of the National Geographic Archive, offer a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers. Admission is FREE on opening day, August 22.  

Presented through the generosity of Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony Hospital.


September 20
PEPSI PRIMETIME @ THE MUSEUM PRESENTS Photo Conservation with Richard H. Engeman 1pm

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum has invited historian and archivist Richard H. Engeman to spend the afternoon on Saturday, September 20, helping you learn how to preserve the integrity of your photographs. Beginning at 1pm, you are invited to bring your cherished photos (especially those related to Western culture or the Round-Up) for his review and recommendations.

Engeman has extensive research and writing experience in Pacific Northwest history.  A graduate of Reed College, he also holds graduate degrees in librarianship from the University of Oregon and in history from the University of Washington.

With a specialty in working with historic photographs, maps, architectural plans and drawings, and paper ephemera, Engeman's writing has appeared in a variety of publications.  He is currently the principal of Oregon Rediviva, which does historical research and writing, and museum and archives consulting.  

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is open to the public and to all ages.  Participation is FREE and complimentary refreshments will be served.  


October 3

 On the first Friday of every month everyone receives FREE ADMISSION into the gallery and exhibits.  Plus, we often have other activities going on like the Museum Store's beadworking classes and FREE guided tours.  This is a great opportunity to grab the neighborhood kids, round up your out of town guests, or call up the quilting group and bring them out for a special treat.  See you on Friday!



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.



WELCOME--We're glad you are here.  American Indians didn't live only in the past. Tribal people have survived and thrive in the contemporary world. Cháwna mun na’ámta--We will never fade. WE ARE features our resilient people as soldiers and warriors, players in tribal government and the economy, leaders in salmon recovery success, balancing the modern with tradition, and still abiding by the Law of the Salmon.



Dreams, visions, hopes and concerns of the tribal community are voiced in WE WILL BE.



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.  On days other than First Friday, the Coyote Theater is accessible with admission.



“The architecture of each cultural center says, “We are.”  Proud. Unique. Permanent…Tamastslikt seems to grow out of the surrounding plateau, regal and serene.”
- Columbia Gorge Magazine 2006