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TEMPORARY CLOSURE

To help ensure the good health and safety of our guests and staff, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will be closed until further notice.

Please stay healthy, wash your hands, and watch for updates on our reopening!

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

BISON

April 06 - July 18

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The bison is a North American species whose story stretches from Plains Indian hunters to entrepreneurial industrialists to dedicated conservationists to today’s producers and enthusiasts. Visitors to BISON will experience an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal.

Opening day is FREE! Indian Tacos at Kinship Cafe for only $8!

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.

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Fake News

July 17 - November 07

Since the US presidential election in November 2016, ‘fake news’ has become a buzz phrase. But it’s far from a 21st-century phenomenon: propaganda, doctored images and unverified statistics can be found throughout the history of human communications. “Fake News” is an investigation into how and why these stories are created — and how new technologies are changing the ways information is spread across the globe.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.

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A History of Walls: The Borders We Build

November 20 - December 31

For as long as there have been nations, those nations have built walls. Today, we’re asking why.

This exhibit explores four significant historic walls built by nation-states. From the Israel/West Bank Barrier to the Great Wall of China, from the Berlin Wall to the wall along the US-Mexico border, A History of Walls looks at the history of and meaning behind these imposing infrastructural elements.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITS

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

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.

WE WILL BE

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

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.  Coyote Theater is accessible with admission.