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!



To help ensure the good health and safety of our guests and staff, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will be closed until further notice.

Please stay healthy, wash your hands, and watch for updates on our reopening!

Museum Store Winter Sale

All Winter Wear 40% off


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!

World War I Posters

November 06 - January 02

World War I, also known as the Great War, was fought between 1914 and 1918. There was no internet, television, movies, or radio to explain the war or the need for Americans to be involved. News communications at the time were from newspapers, magazines, and posters. People could only express their views on the war or for soldiers primarily through letters, postcards, andphotographs sent through civil and military postal services. This exhibit shows how early 19th century government and private social media efforts impacted those “over there” and at home.  It features 65 original posters from the World War I era, including an original “Uncle Sam” poster, as well as artifacts and ephemera from the time period.

ArtWorkz Junior Art Show & Competition 2016 Call for Entries

November 17 - January 18

The 2016 ArtWorkz Junior Art Show & Competition is now accepting submissions! Each year about 100 young artists compete in thiscompetition and get to see their original works hung in the Tamastslikt gallery. There is no fee to enter and the competition is open to youth up to age 18. Lots of prizes will be awarded at the Artists Reception on Feb. 6, 2016 at 1pm. The art show exhibit opens on Jan. 23, 2016.  For more information and an entry form, click here.

Museum Store Holiday Sale Continues

November 27 - December 31

Up to 70% off everything in the Museum Store continues through New Year’s Eve. Amazing prices on CDs, cassettes, and books as low as $1.  Cotton Pendleton shirts at $25 (reg. $89!).

Buy a unique gift that will soon become a treasure:  Cáw Pawá Láakni – They Are Not Forgotten – an ethnogeographic atlas of Native place names just published by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and partners. These beautiful books, full of photos and maps, are available for $29.95. Plus, you can have your gifts wrapped for free! The Museum Store is open from 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday.

Chinese Oregon Speaker Series to visit Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

April 30

The Chinese Oregon Speaker Series visits Tamástslikt on Saturday, April 30 at 1pm for a public program with historian R. Gregory Nokes. Nokes will give a free presentation entitled “Chinese in Eastern Oregon: The Forgotten Population”. He’ll cover the history of Chinese emigration to the mining and railroad communities throughout eastern Oregon, how they built thriving communities, and why they disappeared, including stories of violence and bias against Chinese, such as the 1887 Hells Canyon massacre.

Free Beverage at Kinship Cafe

May 02 - May 31

Order dessert with lunch and you’ll receive a regular size soda, tea, or lemonade FREE! This offer is good for the entire month of May.

Museum Store Mother’s Day Sale!

May 02 - May 31

Beautiful Oregon Sunstone jewelry is marked down 40% beginning May 2 so you can treat your Mom to a very special gift this Mother’s Day. Oregon Sunstone is mined in Oregon then Willamette Jewelers create the beautiful designs for earrings and necklaces in gold or silver. The sale lasts all month so you can treat the other ladies in your life, too!

Naamí Nisháycht, Our Living Culture Village

May 30 - September 03

With the price of admission, Tamástslikt visitors can experience the Naamí Nisháycht outdoor living culture village at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. The village which is open every day offers visitors a view of full size replicas of traditional and prehistoric structures of Plateau Indian people. On closing day, September 3, the village is host to the annual Kidz Pow-Wow open to all kids up to the age of 12, with or without regalia, tribal and non-tribal members alike. The Kidz Pow-Wow is one of Tamástslikt’s most popular events and is free to the public.

Pepsi Primetime Lunch Break – Two Short Films FREE

July 15

The new series, Pepsi Primetime Lunch Break, presents two short films in the Theater at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on Friday, July 15 from noon to 1pm. In conjunction with the current exhibit, “The Map is Not the Territory”, the film presentation looks at how youth in the Palestinian West Bank are dealing with Israeli military occupation through – skateboarding.

Filmmaker Maen Hammad didn’t expect to start a social movement when he traveled to the West Bank – but after engaging with the youth and community, he saw a need for engagement. In”Kickflips Over Occupation” he tells the story of how, armed with his skateboard (an unlikely tool!), he connected with a new generation. The film documents the newly emerged skate scene in Palestine’s West Bank and highlights how adolescents and youth are using skateboarding as a positive tool to overcome the ailments of the Israeli military occupation

“Pushing Borders: Skateboarding in Palestine” is a Tedx Talks video in which Maen Hammad speaks about his motivations, production, and hopes for “Kickflips Over Occupation”.

Pepsi Primetime Lunch Break is FREE and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch, or order lunch through Kinship Cafe, and enjoy complimentary Pepsi beverages.

Pendleton Summer Sale!

August 01 - August 31

All Pendleton beach towels, bags, and totes are on sale in the Museum Store at 25% off through the end of August. With more than a dozen colorful blanket designs on the towels, you’ll want to collect several. Thick and luxurious, the towels are great for home and at your favorite swimming hole. Also available for purchase online.  Regularly $49.50, now only $37.13!

August Anniversary Fun!

August 20

It’s our 18th Anniversary and we want to celebrate that with YOU! Join us on Saturday, Aug. 20 for a fun day of family activities – FREE!  Plus, everyone gets a piece of Anniversary Cake. Just stop by the lobby for a slice (or two!). It’s a party!

5th Annual Kidz Pow Wow

September 03

Everyone is invited and all kids up to age 12 can participate in the Kidz Pow Wow. No regalia is required. Tribal dancing and traditional games are open to Tribal and non-Tribal youth alike. Prizes and gifts for the kids! Great food and Indian tacos (only $7) in Kinship Cafe for the adults! All activities are FREE. The Kidz Pow Wow is always one of our most fun and colorful events – don’t miss it!


September 14 - September 17

We invite you to visit Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Wednesday-Saturday, September 14-17 at no charge! View our newest exhibit, enjoy lunch at Kinship Cafe, and shop the Museum Store.

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

Confluence Story Gathering

November 12

Confluence will kick off a series of public forums that are intended to elevate indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. Confluence Story Gatherings are story-driven discussions, framed by video and audio excerpts from interviews of native elders and a live panel for discussion. Featured panelists are Tamastslikt Director Bobbie Conner, Director Patricia Whitefoot of the Indian Education Program/Yakama Wellness Coalition, and Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody. The first forum takes place in the theater at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and admission is FREE.

Black Friday at the Museum Store

November 25 - November 26

The official kick-off to the holiday shopping season is Black Friday on Nov. 25! You’ll want to start things off at the Museum Store where you will find unique gifts, handcrafted items, and exclusive Pendleton Wool blankets. Discounts are being liberally applied up to 70% off! Plus, with the purchase of $25 or more, you receive free admission into the museum exhibits. Free gift wrapping is available, too. The sale continues on Saturday, Nov. 26.

*Discounts may not be combined with other discounts/offers.

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum: The Canary Effect

December 10

Another Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum! Delving deep into the often misunderstood and frequently over-looked historic realities of the American Indian, The Canary Effect follows the terrifying and horrific abuses perpetrated on the indigenous people of North America, and details the genocidal practices of the US government and its continuing affects on present day Indian country.

Featuring interviews with the leading scholars and experts on Indian issues including controversial author Ward Churchill, the film brings together the past and present in a way never before captured so eloquently and boldly on film.

The award-winning documentary directed by Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman has been a hit on the international film festival circuit. Admission is FREE!



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.


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.