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“Don't miss the Cultural Institute”

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Pendleton
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Owner description: The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Designed to give an in-depth look at the life and lore of the Indian Natives who have called this area home for hundreds of years you will be glad you spent an hour or two exploring Indian history andculture.

1  Thank John H
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Today, we went to the Tamastslikt Institute, and I have to say it's the most comprehensive of its' type that we've ever been to. We spent over 2 hours looking at the displays, listening to the recordings, and reading the vast amount of information provided. I learned a lot about how the Indians were displaced, more than I'd realized. There were some displays that brought tears to my eyes, such as the ones where the 'do-gooders' took the young children and put them in boarding schools. The way things were presented was done in such a way as to not really lay blame, but simply to explain their side. At the end, several of the people who'd been filmed for various clips spoke in succession about their hopes and dreams for the future generations. It was quite uplifting. I wish this was a traveling museum, as there's so much important information that many of us need to know about our country, not to feel guilty, but to make us think before we try to tell others how to live their lives. Note: There are also facilities for groups, a nice cafe, and very clean restrooms!

2  Thank Vickie L
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is an excellent museum, well worth a 2-4 hour visit when you’re in the area. The collection is presented both linearly, by time, and in a circle. The linear display traces the arrival of white men and the effects of western expansion via the Oregon Trail on local Indian populations. The themes are “We Were”, “We Are” and “We Will Be.” The circular display represents all North American Indians. It is organized by geographic area – such as Pacific Northwest or Plains – and displays crafts and tools representing the unique culture of the tribes living in each region. Interestingly, the fact that each region is displayed in a pie-shaped wedge arranged around a large center makes it possible to spin slowly in a circle and identify both commonalities and differences among the various peoples. For example, while it appears that tribes in nearly all regions wove baskets of some sort, the making of ceramic pots was primarily in the southwest. We also enjoyed the special exhibit, “Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians” suite, and seeing his original works up close gave us real appreciation for this controversial artist. At the end of our visit, we stopped for a well-prepared and enjoyable light lunch in the visitor’s café.

1  Thank BackroadsExp
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

A new perspective for me told from tribe point. Well done exhibits telling the stories. Donated artifacts not a lot of explanation but attractive displays, recorded background. sounds and stories and on tv. N ice supplement after Cody's Indian Plains muse in WYOMING.

Thank rdgtchr
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Nicely arranged, informative. Wonderful setting. Great staff and gift shop/store. The history of the local Native Americans interesting.

Thank joanck
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