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“Not even digital photos allowed”

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Ranked #3 of 19 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.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

It was disappointing not to be able to take even non-flash digital photos of the exhibits. I would love to have shared them on this site as well as with friends. Otherwise, this is a 5 star exhibit. You are allowed to take pictures of the outside areas. The exhibit is not a crowded room full of artifacts and lots of reading material. It is rather a walk through history with a brief written description of the area being viewed. From the self sufficiency of the isolated cultures, to the changes brought about by the introduction of horses, settles, politicians, and and the railroad. With each introduction the the Indian community became weakened and in danger of losing it's identity completely, as each generation became inculcated into the greater society. I remember one information display that likened the US Government taking away their hunting and fishing grounds to a "newborn being taken away from it's mother's breasts while being nourished." I thought this was the best description of what has happened to all native American...at least today some tribes have their casinos. The displays are well designed and there is a good movie describing how they are attempting to keep their culture alive. A great gift shop and limited cafe complete the offerings. Plenty of parking and handicap accessible. $10 fee

Thank James H
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

A very well-kept and interesting display of artifacts and information about local indian tribes. Sometimes it's hard for me to visit such places, although I always go and support (particularly) the arts and cultural aspects of indian communities. But stories about the indian nations are always sad. I very much enjoyed the gentle dignity in the stories told in various rooms of the museum.

Thank Linda W
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Really good interpretive center. Great old photos from the area!........... ...................................

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Lots of large art work, wonderfully displayed. A variety of exhibits, presented in different formats. Fun interactive exhibits. The cafe is excellent, with very reasonably priced selections. We had the salmon plate, salmon Caesar salad and a garden salad, that were all excellent.

1  Thank RICK B
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We visited this museum during a road trip through eastern Washington and Oregon. It is located near to the Wild Horse Casino and is housed in a large building near the golf course. When we visited on a Saturday afternoon, we were the only car in the parking lot and didn't know what to expect - but the museum was one of the most aesthetically pleasing and effective displays of Native American history that I have seen. The museum's exhibits are laid out in a counter-clockwise circle and begins with a history of the eastern Oregon Native Americans (primarily the Cayuse, Wallowa, and Umatilla) that is titled "We Were." The museum's last exhibits educate the viewer to the present culture of these tribes and what they are doing to preserve their heritage and pass it on to younger generations, and is titled "We Are." The attention to detail here is amazing - throughout the museum, hidden speakers provide appropriate sound effects (trotting horses, distant raven calls, etc.) that only add to the experience. I highly recommend visiting this place - allow 1 - 2 hours.

1  Thank Kirsten M
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