#77: Visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

We were in the Pendleton area, and had to stop by this place.


It’s a pretty amazing space. As soon as we bought our tickets (a whopping $22 for all of us), the kids were handed an entire binder full of activities and things to find around the museum. They were really engaged with this, and now we wish more museums would do this.


The first exhibit was full of wolves. Will and Lucy each posed in front of their favorite one.

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The very next thing we saw was a craft area. In homage to the native tribes’ beadwork skills, they got to make a plastic-bead mosaic. They had both done this at school, so they knew exactly what to do.

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Here’s what they were aiming to reproduce, and also them working on their binders – drawing pictograms.


There was also a cool exhibit outdoors, showing how the tribes would do things that we take for granted. Here’s the firestarting table; Will and Lucy both got to start a fire with a magnifying glass and a bit of rope.

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There were several styles of shelter set up. We didn’t leave a single one unexplored.

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The indoor exhibits were incredible, comprehensive, and well done, but no photos are allowed. We snuck one shot of the kids (again) working on their binders – solving an animal-track mystery, with some clues that were on the wall.


We really liked this place. It’s little-known, and only a short drive from I-84, so if you’re passing by and want to stretch your legs a bit, head on over. It probably won’t be crowded.


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