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August 22 - October 25

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. Admission is FREE on opening day, August 22.  

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


October 18

Reservation Road Show returns Saturday, October 18, from 1pm-5pm with a general object appraiser, a book appraiser, photo archivist, a weapon’s expert, and an object conservator.  Appraiser Larry Tyler will provide verbal appraisals of objects as will the book appraiser, Jack Walsdorf and the weapons expert, Dale Archibald.  Photo archivist Richard Engeman will analyze photos and provide suggestions for their care and preservation, and the conservator, Thomas Fuller, will provide evaluation of objects, storage and conservation ideas. This event is FREE and open to the public. Objects do not need to be Native American in origin. Please bring no more than five objects per category.


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!



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