2020 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition

February 22 - April 04

The  annual youth art show and competition, ArtWORKz 2020, featuring the artistic endeavors from youth throughout the region under the age of 19 will be on exhibit in the Tamástslikt gallery from February 22, 2020 through April 4, 2020. A variety of art media forms will be on display including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography digital computer-generated art, fiber art, and traditional Tribal work such as beadwork, weaving, and parfleche painting. Young artists are competing for Grand Prizes, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Honorable Mentions, and Best Emerging Artist. The Artists’ Choice award is determined by the participants themselves. Plus! New this year is the Cayuse Grand Champion award which includes a $500 gift certificate for art materials to be given to the winner’s school or art program of their choice. An Entry Form and Info Sheet are available for artists.

Prizes will be awarded at the Artists Reception on Saturday, March 14, 2020 which begins at 1pm and is open to the public.  OPENING DAY IS FREE!



February 27

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4pm-7pm for a fun evening with Tamástslikt staff,  the Tamástslikt Trust Board of Directors, friends, and colleagues! Everyone is invited and it’s FREE!

– Free admission
– Meet the Tamástslikt Trust Board of Directors
– Get a peak into the vaults
– See the changes in the Permanent Gallery
– View the 2020 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition
– Play stick games
– Win a Huckleberry Pie in the Cakewalk
– Kids will have fun in the Kids’ Area
– Complimentary snacks and beverages


2020 ArtWORKz Artists Reception

March 14

It won’t be easy but the competing art submissions from youth throughout the region will be judged and prizes awarded. Join us at the Artists Reception on Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1pm, to see the incredible works of art and who won awards. New this year is the Cayuse Grand Champion Award which includes a prize of $500 in art materials to the school or art program of the winner’s choice! The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.



April 24 - July 18

The bison is a North American species whose story stretches from Plains Indian hunters to entrepreneurial industrialists to dedicated conservationists to today’s producers and enthusiasts. Visitors to BISON will experience an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.


Fake News

August 07 - November 07

Since the US presidential election in November 2016, ‘fake news’ has become a buzz phrase. But it’s far from a 21st-century phenomenon: propaganda, doctored images and unverified statistics can be found throughout the history of human communications. “Fake News” is an investigation into how and why these stories are created — and how new technologies are changing the ways information is spread across the globe.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.


A History of Walls: The Borders We Build

November 20 - December 31

For as long as there have been nations, those nations have built walls. Today, we’re asking why.

This exhibit explores four significant historic walls built by nation-states. From the Israel/West Bank Barrier to the Great Wall of China, from the Berlin Wall to the wall along the US-Mexico border, A History of Walls looks at the history of and meaning behind these imposing infrastructural elements.

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.




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.