Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport & Art

August 03 - October 13

Sports have long been an important part of life in American Indian tribal communities. Lacrosse and surfing are attributed to indigenous peoples. In modern times, Native athletes quickly gravitated to sports like baseball, basketball, football and rodeo, and many American Indians have excelled in modern sports. Competing in sports in tribal communities teaches cooperation, consensus, compromise and teamwork, all of which are pillars of indigenous societies. This exhibit features artwork, artifacts, history and discussions about sports and its role in tribal life. Thank you to our sponsors CHI St. Anthony Hospital and C.M. Bishop, Jr. Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Opening day is FREE!


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum – “Jim Thorpe: The World’s Greatest Athlete”

October 06

A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe who became a sports icon in the first half of the 20th century. Beginning with Thorpe’s boyhood in Indian Territory it chronicles his rise to athletic stardom at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, winning two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics, his fall from grace in the eyes of the amateur athletic establishment, and his rebound in professional baseball and football. This is a film about a man who used his amazing physical prowess as a way to affirm his American Indian identity in the face of unrelenting efforts to eradicate Native American culture.

The public is invited and admission is FREE! Refreshments will be served.



Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women

November 02 - January 05

Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has for the past five years been traveling and photographing Indian Country as part of her Project 562.  Wilbur’s Seeds of Culture exhibit is a collection of portraits that provides remarkable insights into contemporary Native American women. This curated selection of photographs from among the thousands of portraits she has taken in recent years across the United States are accompanied by written narratives and audio of the interviews she conducts as part of her project. Elders, activists, educators, culture-bearers, artists, and students have shared with Wilbur their realities as Native women. They convey how ancestral and contemporary identities shape their lives and hopes in Indian Country. Wilbur’s pursuit is “To Change the Way We See Native America” and this exhibit will certainly alter your perceptions.  Opening day is FREE!

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.

Seeds of Culture



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.


Our Tribes are alive and prospering today. Tribal people have survived and thrive in the contemporary world. WE ARE features our resilient people as soldiers and warriors, players in government and the regional economy, leaders in salmon recovery success, balancing the modern with traditions, and still abiding by the Law of the Salmon.


Achievements, aspirations, and concerns of the tribal community are voiced in WE WILL BE. Cháwna mun na’ámta–We will never fade.


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.  Coyote Theater is accessible with admission.