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Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

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Address: 47106 Wildhorse Blvd, Pendleton, OR 97801-6111
Phone Number: 541-966-9748
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western...

The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.

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Expected alot - exceeded my expectations

The facility is beautiful. Permenant and visiting exhibits were well displayed, informative, and enjoyable. The museum told a difficult story well. Don't miss the chance to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The facility is beautiful. Permenant and visiting exhibits were well displayed, informative, and enjoyable. The museum told a difficult story well. Don't miss the chance to visit.

2 Thank hopoeidaho208
Ogden, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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.

4 Thank Brenda B
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.

Thank JohnHamer
Borrego Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

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!

1 Thank thunefeld
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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.

Thank Laure-Isabelle O
Portland, Maine
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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 

2 Thank KatiesDaddy
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.

Thank josjabbers
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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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.

2 Thank granddadb
Salem, Oregon
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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 

4 Thank GrannyTeach
Angwin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 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.

3 Thank Beakie37

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