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“Wonderful Native American museum” 4 of 5 stars
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Yakama Nation Cultural Center
Spiel-yi Loop, P.O. Box 151, Toppenish, WA 98948
509-865-2800
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Toppenish
Type: Educational Sites, Museums, Reservations, Cultural
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Owner description: This cultural center offers a look into the culture of the Yakama Indians.
Siletz, Oregon, United States
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“Wonderful Native American museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We only had 2 hours to spent - could have stayed 3 and learned more. Wonderful displays - good explanations of artifacts...Only problem is some of the lights on the display cases were off and we couldn't read the write ups in those cases...Great on site display of lodge house and tee pee. Nice gift store but prices there aren't cheap. Interesting that it has espresso coffee for sale.

Visited September 2013
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Emery, SD
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

A great cultural center. Very nice displays. Well worth a visit. There is a restaurant and theater on the property as well.

Visited September 2013
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Boise
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Such a great little museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Wow such an interesting stop! So much info about Native American culture especially in the Yakama area! Well worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Worth a short visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Having lived in Washington state and being an author of the a book dealing with the Yakama wars (1855-58) I was hoping to gain new information about the tribe and the area. I was disappointed.

The display that describes the Walla Walla council was accurate but the way it was worded it left out some important facts. It left the reader thinking that all whites didn't care much for the tribe which was not true.

While it did have mannequins of various tribal leaders, around the US, there was nothing about one of the greatest leaders of the Yakama tribe- Chief Kamiakan who lead the war and came the closet, of all Indian leaders, to driving out the whites and unifying the various tribes in the area.

The rest of the displays are dealing with the origins of the tribe as well as what happened to them after the war. It was interesting.

The museum is small (there is a fee to enter) and doesn't take that much time to finish. There is also a small gift shop which you can browse after seeing the museum.

Visited September 2013
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Kapaau, Hawaii
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Interesting perspective.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The museum is well organized and interesting. We especially liked the manikins of notable Indians in traditional costumes, representing various tribes. They have a large display of artifacts, structures and many scenes of village life. There are lots of indigenous animals on exhibit. (Excellent taxidermy.) Unfortunately, there was also a certain amount of thinly veiled, negative propaganda regarding the sad plight of the Yakama which overshadows their accomplishments. It would have been nice to have seen more information about their daily lives and traditions. NO PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED.

Visited June 2013
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