2023 ArtWORKZ Junior Art Show & Competition

February 03 - March 18

ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition closes on March 18. Open to all youth under the age of 19, the event received 157 submissions this year in such media as drawings, paintings, ceramics, metal works, prints, photography, collage, traditional arts, and sculpture. Entries will be displayed for six weeks in the Featured Exhibit Gallery at TCI and closes March 18. The works of art cover a range of media, paintings, photography, ceramics, leatherwork, sculptures, quilting and more. Entries were judged in 3 age categories; 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-18. Artwork was judged on artistry, creative vision, technical merit, and presentation. This year’s judges for the show were Susan Sheoships, Mary Harris, and Kynde Kiefel. Awards were presented at the Artists Reception, on February 25. Come in and see who won!

While you’re here, shop the Museum Store’s sale on beadwork supplies. Beads, fringe, and other supplies are all marked down at 30% off! (May not be combined with other offers/discounts.)

Enjoy lunch at Kinship Cafe then stroll through the exhibits.



FREE admission all day at Free First Friday at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Enjoy Indian Tacos ($10.50) and Frybread ($5) at Kinship Café. Dine inside or order take-out. Shop for beadwork supplies in the Museum Store at 25% off. View our newest exhibit, Sorting Out Race!

Native American Heritage Month

November 01 - November 30

November is Native American Heritage Month and Kinship Cafe is celebrating with house-made weekly specials that you will love. We look forward to serving you!

  • Nov. 4 & 5   Indian Tacos
  • Nov. 11 & 12  Squash Soup
  • Nov. 18 & 19   Bison Chili
  • Nov. 26 & 26   Venison Stew


April 06 - 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.

Opening day is FREE! Indian Tacos at Kinship Cafe for only $8!

Sponsored by CHI St. Anthony Hospital.

Ínwai Circle of Friends

October 26 - December 31

Give the gift of membership! A friend, an elder, a family would all enjoy membership to our Ínwai Circle of Friends giving them free admission for a year and discounts at the Museum Store and Kinship Café. You can purchase memberships at the Museum Store or go to www.tamastslikt.org/get-involved/membership/ to view the many membership options and make your purchase. It’s going to be a happy holiday for some luck new members!


February 04 - May 14

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, and Nicholas Galanin – Tlingit & Unangax̂ also have works on display.

Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

FREE First Friday!

May 06

Mark your calendars for FREE First Friday! On the first Friday of every month admission is FREE at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. FREE First Friday on May 6 is coming up with Indian Tacos ($10.50) and Frybread ($5) available in Kinship Café, 11am-2pm, and 25% off all bags, wallets, purses, and totes in the Museum Store! See you on FREE First Friday!

Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament 2022

May 13

It’s back! Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is happy to announce our 8th annual fundraiser scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2022, presented by Wildhorse Resort & Casino and sponsored by Ulrich Investment Consultants/Strategic Wealth Management.   The scramble format tourney sponsored by Wenaha Group, Pepsi/Admiral Beverage, East Oregonian, The Mahoney Group, Light and Wonder, Nixyaawii  Community Financial Services, NW Public Affairs, Clover Island Inn, and media partner Port of Kennewick, raises money for the Tamastslikt Trust Fund to ensure the institute’s long-term sustainability. Your team can sign up for $380 ($95 individual) which includes green fees, complimentary range balls, cart, tee prize, and sack lunch. Member discounts apply. There will be plenty of exciting prizes to be won, beverage carts throughout the day, a raffle for great golf items and rounds, and lots of fun side bets. Dixon Golf will be onsite with challenges and giveaways. Be sure to sign up for the $10,000 Hole In One. It could happen! Registration is online HERE making it easier than ever to sign up to play or purchase a Sponsorship Package. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this exciting day of golf!


June 03 - August 27

Every day thrift stores across America receive donations of objects that display racial imagery—antique advertising cards, vintage children’s books, and mugs with sports team mascots. Are these objects harmless reminders of historical attitudes or do they continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about race? Sorting Out Race seeks to generate a healthy community conversation about racial stereotypes past and present.

Opening day is FREE!

MUSEUM STORE – Receive a FREE book!

July 01 - July 30

Receive a FREE book ($30 value)! With any purchase of $50 or more in the Museum Store, you’ll receive “Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty”. This book masterfully combines the art of visual storytelling with passionate essays. From the source, a tiny spring in the Canadian Rockies, to the sea, readers are guided on a journey back to the origins of the 1243 mile river and learn about the complicated history and impact of the Columbia River Treaty. Offer good this month only or until supplies last.

The Museum Store 3-Day Super Sale!

August 11 - August 13

EVERYTHING in the Museum Store is marked down at 40% off for only three days! Don’t miss out on the incredible bargains storewide.

*Offer may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum: The Science of Race and Racism

August 17

Join us for Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum, Wednesday, August 17, at 4pm for a presentation by Dr. Mark Mansperger, professor of Anthropology at WSU Tri-Cities. Dr. Mansperger will talk about the science of race and racism. The FREE event, open to the public, will give you a new perspective on our current exhibit, Sorting Out Race. We look forward to the conversation!


BISON: Masters of the Plains

September 06 - January 07

The exhibit has been extended! Visit our featured exhibit, BISON: Masters of the Plains. The story of the bison stretches from Plains Indian hunters to entrepreneurial industrialists to dedicated conservationists to today’s producers and enthusiasts. Learn about these mammoth animals and how they are being saved from extinction.

Native American Heritage Month

November 01 - November 30

November is Native American Heritage month! We are celebrating our Educators this month with free admission for educators and their guest. Visit our featured and permanent exhibits all month long at no charge, just bring your school ID or badge. You and your guest will enjoy seeing our featured exhibition, BISON – Masters of the Plains and our permanent exhibits. We look forward to welcoming you!

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum presents “The Big Fish Eats the Little Fish”

November 02

William Lang, Portland State University, presents the story of the little known moratorium on dams on the Columbia River. In 1947, one of the most important meetings in the history of Columbia River development took place in Walla Walla, when the Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee held a meeting addressing a proposed moratorium on multi-purpose dams on the Columbia River below the Okanogan River and on the Snake River below the Salmon River. The origin of the moratorium, the outcome of the Walla Walla meeting, and the subsequent political argument over the building of more dams that stretched out more than a decade offer opportunities to consider an alternate history. Learn more at this FREE presentation open to the public

Happy Holidays Sale!

December 01 - December 31

Take 25% off all Pendleton Woolen Mills merchandise the entire month of December! You’ll find Pendleton apparel, blankets, beach towels, home decor, yoga mats, bags, socks, and more. Take advantage of the discounted prices to finish up your holiday gift shopping and pick up a few items for yourself!

Offer may not be combined with other discounts/offers.

Closed Christmas Day!

December 01 - December 25

We will be closed Christmas Day. We reopen the following day though so bring your family and friends to view our exhibits and shop in the Museum Store. (Kinship Cafe is closed Dec. 20-31.) Have a fantastic Holiday Season!

FREE First Friday!

December 02

FREE admission all day at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Enjoy Indian Tacos ($10.50) and Frybread ($5) from 11am-2pm. Shop in in the Museum Store for 25% off all Pendleton merchandise! Visit our featured exhibit, Bison: Masters of the Plains and our permanent exhibits!

2023 ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition

February 03 - March 18

The 10th annual ArtWORKz Junior Art Show & Competition features a record 157 entries this year including drawings, paintings, ceramics, metal works, prints, photography, collage, traditional arts, and sculpture. Entries were judged in 3 age categories; 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-18 and the awards were presented at the Artists Reception on February 25. Thank you to our judges,  Susan Sheoships, Mary Harris, and Kynde Kiefel. Thank you to our sponsors, Nixyaawii Community Financial Services and Blick Art Materials. And CONGRATULATIONS to all the award winners! ArtWORKz remains on display through March 18.



Beadwork supplies on sale at 30% off!

March 01 - March 31

Get everything you need to get to work on regalia and repairs. Take 30% off all supplies now through the end of March.  (Offer may not be combined with other offers/discounts.)



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.