Tamastslikt opens exhibit about native place names

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PENDLETON -- A new gallery exhibit of native place names, "They Are Not Forgotten," is open at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331.

The exhibit includes a panel that maps out 19 native-named towns and cities within the homelands of Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The exhibit's historic landscape photos from the early 20th century and corresponding place names provide a representation of a life lived on the land.

Part of the exhibit focuses on the changes that have occurred since the places were named and how the native place names evoke thoughts of what once was. A section acknowledges explorer David Thompson, who arrived in 1811 and is credited with referring to the people now known as Shawpatin, a derivative of which eventually became used to describe the language family of the Confederated Tribes. A pronunciation key enables visitors to attempt the place name tongue twisters.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. For more information, call 541-966-9748 or visit www.tamastslikt.org

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