SAVAGES AND PRINCESSES: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes

July 05 - October 19

Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. This exhibit brings together thirteen contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital and the Mahoney Group.


Fall & Fleece Sale!

October 01 - October 31


25% off all polar fleece in the Museum Store during October!  We have super soft onesies, rugs and mats, steering wheel and seat covers, slippers, and blankets. Don’t miss out on the mark-downs – use our handy layaway program!

(May not be combined with other offers/discounts.)


Kinship Cafe Weekly Specials

October 03 - October 26

October 4 – Indian Tacos $8 on FREE First Friday
Week of October 7 – Lasagna Soup
Week of October 14 – Breakfast Sandwich (choice of bacon, ham, or chicken-fried steak)
Week of October 21 – Chicken Chipotle Pesto Pasta Salad


Timber Culture

November 08 - December 31

A visual and interpretive look at the history of Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. Learn surprising facts about race and equity in Oregon logging culture from this exhibit that strives to preserve a somewhat neglected chapter of regional history.  Opening day is FREE!

Presented by CHI St. Anthony Hospital and Mahoney Group.

Image courtesy of Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.


The Museum Store Book Party!

November 16

Meet Peter Marbach who just published “Healing The Big River” and get your early copy of this collection of stories and essays. Twelve authors, a mix of first nations, tribes, and salmon recovery advocates, speak of their relationship to the Columbia and advocate for a new treaty that “honors indigenous knowledge and starts the process to restore one of the greatest salmon runs the world has ever seen.” Admission is free!


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents Holiday Pouch Necklace Workshop

December 14

Kids, ages 7-12 years, are invited to join us from 11am-2pm to make their own buckskin pouch necklace to give as a holiday gift. Beads, buckskin, and lacing are provided. Open to the public and admission is FREE. Refreshments will be served.




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.