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November 7

 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!


November 7 - January 3
Art of War: the Historical Impact of Posters 1939-45

One of the most effective tools for shaping public opinion was the combination of powerful words and images found in posters created during World War I and World War II - posters that were strategically targeted to achieve precise and specific goals. These posters are also beautiful and significant pieces of 20th century American art as you will see in this exhibition collected and curated by Jim Givan.  Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony Hospital presents this selection of posters that trace the story of American military and hometown efforts in both world wars.  Opening day is FREE!


November 7 - 29
Native American Heritage Month at Kinship Café

Kinship Café celebrates Native American Heritage Month every Friday and Saturday in November with daily specials inspired by traditional Tribal foods.  Recently updated, the Café now features a Grab-n-Go option in addition to a full lunch menu, counter seating with charging stations, and self-serve frozen yogurt.  Frozen yogurt is only $1.75 (for a limited time) and includes all your favorite toppings.  Kinship  Café  is open Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm.

Nov. 7-8  Bison Indian Tacos
Nov. 14-15  Pumpkin and Squash Soups
Nov. 21-22  Chocolate Celebration
Nov. 28-29  Huckleberry Pie



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