Tamástslikt commemorates Heritage Month with special activities, events


PENDLETON, Ore. – The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute celebrated American Indian Heritage Month throughout the month of November with special activities, films and workshops. An exhibit continues the commemoration into February.

Tamástslikt is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Through Feb. 16, Tamástslikt hosts an exhibit entitled “Oregon is Indian Country,” which showcases various text documents as well as historical and contemporary photographs about the nine federally-recognized nations in Oregon. Topics include “The Land,” “Federal Indian Policies” and “Traditions that Bind.”

Other Heritage Month events included an Indigenous Foods Feast; an evaluation of artifacts, including recommendations on how to care for and preserve basketry, beadwork and regalia; a genealogy workshop with Virginia Roberts; an afternoon talk with Master Basket Weaver Minerva Soucie, Burns Paiute; and a showing of the film, “Spirit of Sacagawea.”

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, on Highway 331 in Pendleton, presents “the storied past, rich present and bright future” of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla peoples through interactive exhibits, special events and a Living Culture Village. Its exhibits represent 10,000 years of history.