Every day thrift stores receive donations of items with racial imagery—antique advertising cards, collectible salt-and-pepper shakers, vintage children’s books, and mugs with sports team mascots. Are these harmless reminders of past attitudes or do they perpetuate stereotypes about race? Should thrift stores sell these objects? Or should they be “sorted out” of the resale environment? Sorting Out Race arose out of a desire to divert these artifacts from thrift stores to an exhibit that would generate a healthy community conversation about our continuing struggles with race.

Also this month, receive a free book, “Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty” with any purchase of $50 or more in the Museum Store. This $30 value is full of incredible photography. Offer good while supplies last! With the warm weather coming on, you’ll enjoy dining on the patio at Kinship Cafe, eating indoors, or grabbing take out. Check out the menu here!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute!



June 03 - August 27

Every day thrift stores across America receive donations of objects that display racial imagery—antique advertising cards, vintage children’s books, and mugs with sports team mascots. Are these objects harmless reminders of historical attitudes or do they continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about race? Sorting Out Race seeks to generate a healthy community conversation about racial stereotypes past and present.

Opening day is FREE!

The Museum Store 3-Day Super Sale!

August 11 - August 13

EVERYTHING in the Museum Store is marked down at 40% off for only three days! Don’t miss out on the incredible bargains storewide.

*Offer may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.



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.