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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.


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 2 - 30
Tamastslikt Celebrates 16th Anniversary All Month

This August, a full slate of activities is planned for the entire month and the public is invited to join the celebration of our 16th year! Every Friday features free admission for everyone, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family take place every Saturday, and an exciting new exhibit opens on Aug. 22. Be sure to come in for free celebration cake all day long on Aug. 23. And you won't want to miss the Museum Store Sidewalk Sale on the 16th. The month concludes with the 4th Annual Kidz Pow Wow on Aug. 30 at 1pm. All children 12 and under are invited to participate and no regalia is required. Our good neighbor, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is co-hosting our month-long party. Come celebrate with us!

For the calendar of events, click here.


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