Monday, September 01, 2014


Tamástslikt is the only Native American museum along the Oregon Trail. Its name means "the turning of the years" or "telling our own story". On the Umatilla Reservation, it shows the culture of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla). It was built in 1998, funded by Oregon and the tribes (the Interior Department's budget did not "include any money for Indian interpretive centers," but after protest and publicity, the BIA guaranteed a loan to help finish the construction) to "tell the story of the Oregon Trail from a Native American perspective." It's a gorgeous place, well curated and accessible (no photos inside). Don't miss the Coyote Stories in the theater!

The Casino is the first thing you see, but the cultural center is well back from it

The cafe is supposed to be good, but it was closed when we were there

My school-teacher friend's nightmare: a field trip on our vacation! (Though actually, there were no kids, and the guy seemed to be using the parking lot to learn how to drive.)

The building was the home of many barn swallows

No pictures inside, but the village outside was open for photography



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