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!



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!


Every day thrift stores receive donations of items with racial imagery—antique advertising cards, collectible salt-and-pepper shakers, vintage children’s books, and mugs with sports team mascots. Are these harmless reminders of past attitudes or do they perpetuate stereotypes about race? Should thrift stores sell these objects? Or should they be “sorted out” of the resale environment? Sorting Out Race arose out of a desire to divert these artifacts from thrift stores to an exhibit that would generate a healthy community conversation about our continuing struggles with race.

Also this month, receive a free book, “Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty” with any purchase of $50 or more in the Museum Store. This $30 value is full of incredible photography. Offer good while supplies last! With the warm weather coming on, you’ll enjoy dining on the patio at Kinship Cafe, eating indoors, or grabbing take out. Check out the menu here!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute!

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.

Black Friday Storewide Sale!

November 26 - November 27

Up to 70% off! Take advantage of huge discounts and a unique selection of holiday gifts! Everything is on sale from Pendleton Woolen Mills apparel, accessories, and home décor to beading supplies, bags, books, jewelry and more!

Offer may not be combined with other discounts/offers.


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.

FREE First Friday!

August 05

FREE admission all day at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Enjoy Indian Tacos ($10.50) and Frybread ($5) at Kinship
Café. Dine inside, on the patio, or order take-out. Shop in the Museum Store for unique gifts, Pendleton blankets, and more. View our featured exhibit, Sorting Out Race, before it closes on August 27!

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.



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.