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January 23 - February 28

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute presents the fourth annual junior art show and competition, ArtWORKz 2015, featuring the artistic endeavors from youth throughout the region under the age of 19. Both individual and collaborative projects have been submitted.

All forms of art media are on display including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography digital, computer generated art, fiber art, as well as traditional Tribal art 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 competed for Grand Prizes, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Honorable Mentions, and Best Emerging Artist. A new Artist's Choice award was given out as well.

Prizes were awarded on February 14 at the Artists Reception. Come see the fantastic art and see who won special recognition!


February 6 - May 2
Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.

 Against the tide of history, unlikely partners work side by side in the hope of undoing environmental and cultural damage and making a balanced and abundant future for generations to come.

In Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science, students and families will learn the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and cutting-edge science are being applied to improve our world. The exhibit tells the stories of four communities, giving you real life examples of how traditional knowledge and Western science provide complementary solutions to ecological and health challenges. Through the voices of Tribal elders and youth, hands-on interactives, and clever video games, you will gather resources, examine data, and take part in the growing movement towards sustainability and reclamation of age-old practices.

This exhibit is brought to you by Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony and Mahoney Insurance.


February 21
DamNation - film documentary 1pm

Back by popular demand, this powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Admission is FREE.


March 6

 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, FREE guided tours, and Indian Tacos in Kinship Cafe. This is a great opportunity to grab the neighborhood kids, round up your out of town guests, or call up the bridge group and bring them out for a special treat.  See you on Friday!


March 25
Community Academy - Basics of Weaving 6pm

 Tamástslikt interpreter Alice Johnson will teach you the basics of weaving including background on materials, weaving styles, and traditional design elements.  This first class of two will focus on how to start weaving a small basket.  The first 30 people to register will receive complimentary supplies.  The Museum Store will have supplies on hand for purchase as well.  You can register by calling 541.429.7723 or emailing  

The second class is scheduled for 6pm on April 8 and will take you through finishing your basket.  

Community Academy is open to the public and is always FREE!



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