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“Moving Experience”

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Pendleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
Pendleton, Oregon
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3 reviews
“Moving Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

I was very moved by the presentation style. It was an excellent overview of the people's history and their future goals. Beautiful building. I would love to come back in the summer to view the village.

Visited April 2013
Thank Lucy L
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Battle Ground, Washington
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102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Thoughtful organization, evocative displays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We had always wanted to visit this museum when we passed by it on I-84, and finally decided to take the time to make a proper visit.

The facility was very well laid out along a timeline, beginning with pre-contact by white men.
I thought the chronology was incisive and accurate as to the effects of the hoards of settlers that descended upon these people from the early 19th century, and how they impacted their traditional way of life.

Yes, the museum's exhibits and history are told from the Native American point of view, which is totally appropriate since many of these tribes lived in this area since before the pyramids were built in Egypt. We are and continue to be the conquerors and newcomers, though the tribes have worked hard to assimilate into this modern world.

One of the most moving and unique parts of this display is a traditional lodge with speakers
cleverly located above. Native voices tell traditional tales and legends of the tribe, which
are presented as if they are being told to you on a cold winters evening. My wife and I listened to the entire cycle of stories, which were magical.

I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who is interested in a true and accurate picture of the development of the Pacific Northwest.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank rcftommay
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Nampa, Idaho
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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We spent nearly 3 hours here although we were told it would take "about an hour"! There are a lot of displays, signs, short videos, movies, and hands-on activities such as animal print rubbings. A quick glimpse of everything could be accomplished in an hour maybe but it would be just skimming the surface. It was very well done.

Thank Cheryl L
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Pendleton, Oregon, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is a excellent museum that tells the story of the Oregon Trail from the Native American point of view. The displays, movies, and descriptions give even the most novice of historians a good understanding of the Native American people of the Northwest.

1 Thank Kammi T
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Spokane, Washington, United States
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Place to Return To”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

If you are interested in Inland Northwest history, the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute museum is a great place to immerse yourself in the story of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes. Definitely worth a stop when traveling between Portland and Boise. From the authentic primitive rock art that greets you at the entrance to displays of indigenous crafts, tribal contact with traders, and a room on the Indian boarding school Chemawa, this is a perfectly presented sensory experience. I had been hoping to enter a tule mat lodge since I'd first heard of them more than 10 years ago, and was thrilled to find one set up here. Kinship Café is open from 11am-2pm with menu online. Oh, and there's an Andy Warhol exhibit coming to the gallery starting end of August 2013! Tamástslikt is located off of I-84 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation next to the Wildhorse Casino about 10 minutes east of Pendleton, Oregon.

Visited January 2013
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