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November 17 - January 18

The 2016 ArtWorkz Junior Art Show & Competition is now accepting submissions!  Each year about 100 young artists compete in this competition and get to see their original works hung in the Tamastslikt gallery.  There is no fee to enter and the competition is open to youth up to age 18. Lots of prizes will be awarded at the Artists Reception on Feb. 6, 2016 at 1pm.  The art show exhibit opens on Jan. 23, 2016.  For more information click here and get an entry form here


January 23 - February 27
2016 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute presents the fifth annual youth art show and competition, ArtWORKz 2016, featuring the artistic endeavors from youth throughout the region under the age of 19. 

ArtWORKz 2016 will be on exhibit in the Tamástslikt gallery from January 23 through February 27, 2016. A variety of art media forms will be on display including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography digital computergenerated art, fiber art, and traditional Tribal work such as beadwork, weaving, and parfleche painting. 

There are three age categories: 10 and under; 11-14; and 15-18. Judging is based on artistry, creative vision, technical merit, and presentation. 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 February 6 Awards Reception which begins at 1pm and is open to the public.


February 20
Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents: Kids + Art = Fun! 1pm

All ages are invited to this fun afternoon of arts and crafts presented by Pepsi Primetime @ the Musuem. Beginning at 1pm, you and the kids can make your own mini-albums and get creative sculpting clay. A variety of complimentary materials will be provided as well as instruction. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join the children in the fun.  Complimentary Pepsi refreshments will be served. 



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