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May 16 - August 10

Visit this timely new exhibit, ‘Wolves and Wild Lands In the 21st Century’, about wolves and their closely related cousins, the red wolf and the coyote. Presented by Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony Hospital, this story of wolves in North America takes us to many places, from the Arctic to the southwestern United States. And for every region where wolves thrive - or struggle to survive - cultural and economic pressures continue to shape their existence. This exhibition provides a compelling, continental perspective on wolves today. Organized by region, each wolf is presented in its human and natural history context and provides answers to many provocative questions. View the displays and draw your own conclusions.


May 24 - August 30
Naami Nishaycht, our Living Culture Village Opens

The Naami Nishaycht outdoor Living Culture Village at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm, through August 30. You'll view replicas of traditional and prehistoric structures of Plateau Indian people and every weekend you can participate in a different activity such as atlatl throwing, setting up a teepee, or learning about local foods so be sure to check the calendar.  Marjorie Waheneka, Village Coordinator, has planned a full roster of seasonal cultural activities that village interpreters will demonstrate for the edification, enlightment, and participation of visitors. The season concludes with the Kidz Pow Wow, open to all children, Tribal and non-Tribal, up to 12 years of age.  

Entrance to the village is included with your general admission ticket. Get your Living Culture Village Calendar of Events here.


July 16
Community Academy: Learn to Deejay with Anson Crane

Want to be a DJ?  Learn the tricks of the trade at the next Community Academy on Wednesday, July 16 at 6pm when Anson Crane brings in his mixing equipment for an introductory course on deejaying.  Everyone is invited and participation is FREE.

Community Academy presents opportunities to connect with a local teaching resource to revitalize and repopulate cultural knowledge and skill assets of the community, both Tribal and non-Tribal. Community Academy, which is always free and open to the public, is a periodic offering for community members by community members, based on the interests of the community. Anyone wishing to suggest an activity to be presented at a Community Academy content should contact Cassandra Franklin at or call 541.429.7700.


July 19
"Wolves" and Wolf Masks

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents "Wolves" & Wolf Masks on Saturday, July 19 at 1pm.  

In the movie, "Wolves", you will discover the world of wolves by plane, helicopter, on foot, and through time. You will meet the pack and find out where they play, hunt, travel, and struggle to survive after a 70-year absence from their natural habitat. Koani, a full-grown female wolf who was taken in and nurtured by biologist when she was just a pup, will show you why it is so important to foster an environment where wolf reintroduction can succeed and the gray wolf population can once again dominate the forests and snowfields of the American West.

Running concurrently, is a free craft workshop where you can make your own wolf masks.  Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is open to the public and to all ages.  Participation is FREE and complimentary refreshments will be served.


August 1

 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!


August 22 - October 25
Greatest Photographs of the American West

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



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