Seeds of Culture

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.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SALE at the Museum Store

December 03 - December 31

From now through December 31, selected items are marked down 50%-70%! You’ll find an exciting selection of apparel, jewelry, children’s toys and books, bags, DVDs, fleece, and much more. Do some shopping, enjoy lunch at Kinship Cafe, and be sure to visit “Seeds of Culture”, while you’re here!


Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum: Make Your Own Honor Shadow Boxes

December 15
1pm-4pm, drop in
In keeping with the spirit of our current exhibit featuring Native American women, Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum invites you to bring a photo of an important woman in your life – or we can take one here! – and we’ll help you frame a shadow box of the photo and lots of fun trinkets, stamps, and stickers. It will make a great holiday gift!
Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is FREE and open to the public.



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.


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.