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Preservation of historical artifacts takes a steady hand and careful planning. Among piles of tribal blankets, Avery McKay, an intern at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Mission, Ore., plans her approach to a bowl that harkens back to the days of the first white settlers in the area.

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Art preservation is an art unto itself

Pieces in Tamastslikt Cultural Institute's collection receive tender loving care to ensure history survives.

MISSION, Ore. — At age 35, Randall Melton understands his past is also his future.Melton is the collections curator of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, situated where the high desert of Eastern Oregon becomes one with the Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Ind


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