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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.

 
 

March 15 - May 25
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America

“Ramp It Up" will display 20 skate decks, including examples from Native companies and contemporary artists, rare images, and video of Native skaters. Highlights include a never-before-exhibited 1969 image taken by skateboarding icon C.R. Stecyk III, of a skate deck depicting traditional Native imagery, and 1973 home-movie footage of Zephyr surf team members Ricky and Jimmy Tavarez (Gabrielino-Tongva).

The exhibition features the work of visual artists Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), Joe Yazzie (Navajo), Traci Rabbit (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) and highlights young Native skaters such as 22-year-old Bryant Chapo (Navajo) and 13-year-old Augustin and 10-year-old Armondo Lerma (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians). 

As skateboarding continues to rise in popularity in Indian Country, Native skaters and entrepreneurs have combined core lessons learned from the sport—strength, balance and tenacity—with traditional tribal iconography and contemporary art to engage Native youth in their history and culture. “Ramp It Up” examines the role of indigenous peoples in skateboarding culture, its roots in ancient Hawaiian surfing and the visionary achievements of contemporary Native skaters.

 

 

April 25
Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum: Skateboard & Bike Safety 1pm

 Join the CTUIR Police Department at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute for a FREE workshop on skateboard and bike safety. This Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is open to all ages and includes complimentary refreshments! 

 

May 1
FIRST FRIDAYS ARE FREE!

 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 for only $7. This is a great opportunity to gather up the family, round up your out of town guests, or call up the bowling team and bring them out for a special treat.  See you on Friday!

 

May 17
3rd Annual Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute annual fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament sponsored by Wildhorse Resort & Casino, is set to take place on Sunday, May 17 at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.  Scheduled for a shotgun start at 1pm, entry fees include cart, free range balls, box lunch, tee prize, green fees, and BBQ awards banquet. Hole in One $10,000 prize, side action, and raffle give players more chances to win! Teams can enter for only $95 per person (member discounts apply). Click here for an entry flyer. Or, call Sandi at 541.429.7723.

 

WE WERE

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.

   

WE ARE

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.

   

WE WILL BE

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

   

COYOTE THEATER

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