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. Opening day is FREE!

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


Kinship Cafe August Specials

August 02 - August 31

Join us for a month of delicious lunch specials!!
August 2 Indian Tacos, only $8 for FREE FIRST FRIDAY!
Week of August 5 Egg Salad Sandwich w/Chips or Pasta Salad
Week of August 12 Tri-Tip w/Chuckwagon Beans and Coleslaw
Week of August 19 Salmon Nicoise Salad
Week of August 26 Huckleberry Shortcake

Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents “Princesses/Squaws/Maidens: the Language of Stereotypes”

August 28

Speakers Bobbie Conner, Tamástslikt Director, and Dr. Jennifer Karson Engum continue the discussion on common stereotypes about Native peoples including Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images and retake ownership of cultural identity. Admission is FREE and 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.