Tamástslikt celebrates 15 years in August

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PENDLETON — Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will celebrate its 15th anniversary during the month of August.

Tamástslikt opened its doors with the intention of sharing the culture, traditions, history, and vision of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. Utilizing state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive displays, local, regional, and national history is interpreted through the voices, collective memories, objects and images of their people.

When Tamástslikt opened in 1998 it was the only tribally-owned interpretive center on the National Historic Oregon Trail and it still is.

Today, it is also a nationally certified Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail interpretive site. More than a half million guests have visited.

It is wholly owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Over the years, Tamástslikt has expanded the range and caliber of exhibits in the changing gallery, increased the public programming and outreach activities, continued to enhance and build upon the permanent exhibits and constructed a unique cultural experience in Naami Nisháycht, the Living Cultural Village.

A full slate of activities is planned for the entire month. Every Friday will feature free admission for everyone. Special souvenir items will be available in the Museum Store and all Pendleton Wool merchandise will be marked down. There will be a raffle for a handcrafted wooden rocking horse, and daily Pepsi beverage giveaways.

Family Day will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 3. It will include kids’ crafts, face painting, new kids’ stations in the exhibits and storytelling.

On 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 10 Culture Day will showcase drumming and singing, Living Culture Village demonstrations and kids’ games. Tribal members will be in the permanent exhibits to share their personal perspective.

All 15-year-olds will receive a free bison sloppy joe special at Kinship Café 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 15. They should bring identification.

The Andy Warhol: Cowboys & Indians exhibit will open on Aug. 23. A birthday party will be 6-8 p.m. that day. Visitors can come dressed as a cowboy or Indian or can suit-up and enter the Andy Warhol Lookalike contest.

Salmon Walk, an event hosted by the Confederated Tribes’ Department of Natural Resources, culminates at Tamástslikt on Aug. 24, with food and activities all day.

On Aug. 31, the annual Kidz Pow Wow, open to children and youth up to age 12, kicks off at 1 p.m.

Tamástslikt is located at 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard at the far end of the main driveway of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

For more information, contact Tamástslikt Cultural Institute at 541-966-9748. For a full calendar of dates and times, visit www.tamastslikt.org.

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