First Featured Exhibit since 2019!

February 04 - May 14
10am-5pm

All of us at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute thank you for your continued support and patronage. We’ve missed being able to bring you compelling and thought-provoking exhibits so we are especially excited to bring you “You Are Here”, opening on February 4. We have a fantastic line-up of exhibitions through the rest of the year touching on such topics as race, bison, natural history, and art from young artists throughout the region. Opening day is always free!

Don’t forget, your admission ticket is good for two consecutive days! Enjoy $1 off admission with a AAA card, and free admission for members of NARM, Oregon Historical Society, Fort Walla Walla Museum, our Inwai Circle of Friends, and CTUIR members.

The Museum exhibits are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am -5pm. Kinship Café is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-2pm, offering take-out orders only, with a limited – and still delicious – menu. Click here to view the menu. Call 541.429.7702 to have your order ready upon arrival.

All winter apparel is marked down  to 30% off in February. You can take advantage of the great pricing on winter items and also enjoy shopping for unique home decor, exclusive Pendleton blanket designs, art, and more. Visit us at the store Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, or order online at www.tamastslikt.org/shop where shipping is always free!

We look forward to seeing you!

COVID-19 protocols are in place with masks and social distancing required. We continue to do all we can to ensure your safety when you visit with strict protocols and stringent cleaning procedures.

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Kinship Cafe January Specials!

January 04 - January 29
11am-2pm

January 7, FREE FIRST FRIDAY: Indian Tacos, Frybread & Huckleberry Jam
January 11 – 15: Salmon Nachos
January 18 – 22: Mediterranean Salad topped w/smoked salmon or shredded chicken
January 25 – 29: Soup & Sandwich Combo w/soup of the day and your choice of sandwich
Every Friday, Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder!
Take-out only. Call in your order to 541.429.7702 and we’ll have it ready for pick up!
Click here to check out the full menu.

Museum Store – 30% Off Winter Apparel

February 01 - February 26

All winter apparel including Pendleton Wool, hats, socks, gloves, jackets, and shirts are discounted 30%! Get in early for the best selection.
Offer may not be combined with any other offers/discounts. Masks and social distancing are required.

FREE FIRST FRIDAY!

February 04
10am-5pm

Free admission to the permanent exhibits and our new exhibit, YOU ARE HERE, on FREE First Friday, February 4! Enjoy a lunch of Indian Tacos ($10), Frybread with Huckleberry Jam ($6), or Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder from Kinship Café. Save 30% on all winter apparel in the Museum store. Bring your family and friends, too!
Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

YOU ARE HERE

February 04 - May 14

Exhibit opens on First FREE Friday, February 4, 2022 with free admission all day.

Curated by Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, this mixed-media exhibit was created to support a college course on Indigenous aesthetics and explores themes related to place and identity. Many of the artists exhibited have personal connections to indigeneity and draw from personal and collective histories and memories.

Painted portraits by Ric Gendron, a member of the Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; lithographs that merge historical photos with traditional quilt patterns by Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star; dramatic landscapes by James Lavadour, a member of the Walla Walla Tribe; and fiber art pieces constructed from wool blankets and embroidered by Marie Watt, a member of the Seneca nation will be on display. C. Maxx Stevens – Seminole, Marcus Amerman – Choctaw, and older brother Roger, as well as Preston Singletary – Tlingit, Melanie Yazzie – Navajo, Merritt Johnson – Mohawk & Blackfoot, and Nicholas Galanin – Tlingit & Unangax̂ also have works on display.

Masks and social distancing are required.

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.