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Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

47106 Wildhorse Blvd,, Pendleton, OR 97801
541-966-9748
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Pendleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Description: The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
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Ogden, Utah
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Upon entering this beautiful new building and listening to the introduction by Coyote, you are experiencing a different perspective through sight and sound. Western Native American history is revealed with photos and artifacts in a well-curated way. A friendly warning: you may be saddened by the Trail of Tears facts as told by Native Americans but encouraged by their determination.

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Mercer Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Excellent exhibits. Extremely well done and educational. Nice gift shop. Worth several hours of time.

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Borrego Springs, California
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145 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The populating of the American West told from the Native American perspective -- without an axe to grind. Very well presented, very enlightening. I've been following the Oregon Trail from Independence Missouri and this is one of the best exhibits and interpretations I've seen - and, believe me, I've seen dozens!

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The museum is so interesting about the Plateau Native Americans. I've learned so much. It was wonderful. I really enjoyed the little gift shop too.

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Portland, Maine
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The settling of the American West by European Americans was often times heart breaking, nasty and violent. It's best to deal with the truth, instead of false romance and mythologized history. Native Americans were already living on this continent for many thousands of years. So it's true that their long time homeland was stolen from them. The Tamatslikt interpretive center... More

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Fairfield, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Several exhibits broken down and no real friendliness vibe. Leaned that Native American Culture is being preserved and taught through museum setting.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Institute is normally closed on Sundays, but opened just for our excursion group. We were welcomed, and had ample time to walk through the exhibits. All of the information presented is most interesting, and gives very good background about the Tamastslikt people and their culture. It is a very handsome exhibit space.

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Salem, Oregon
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We have many museums, waysides, and interpretive centers that share information on the Oregon Trail, but none that do a better job of showing that migration in the view of the Native Americans that already inhabited the west than the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. I took two of my grandchildren on a trip to travel the Oregon Trail when the oldest... More

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Angwin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

For an honest look at the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla indians, this museum is a must. Very interesting, narration is easy to understand. Great gift shop, too.

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Pendleton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

With the change of attractions its always great to see this more than once a month, or go do a second look or even more, take your time and see something different every time, also a great place to have healthy food and awesome gift shop...

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