Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

museum on the Umatilla Indian Reservation
The Museum at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is dedicated to the accurate depiction and perpetuation of the culture and history of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes. Located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tamástslikt is the only tribally owned and operated interpretive center along the National Historic Oregon Trail. Tamástslikt is a National Park Service certified interpretive site for both the Lewis and Clark and Oregon National Historic Trails. The institute is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors to Tamástslikt hear horses rumbling across a grassy plateau, Coyote saving the plants and animals from an ancient monster, generations-old songs in the winter lodge, the bell and translated hymns in the church. They see the brilliant color of dancers at a competition powwow, poignant interviews with Tribal warriors and stories from families who have long participated in the Pendleton Round-Up. Ancient tools and art forms, ambient sounds and voices, along with historical photographs and contemporary video footage, combine to create an intriguing experience. One visit yields a new understanding of these contemporary people  and their ancient ties to their Eastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington homeland. 

Local native-made art and handcrafted goods are available in the spacious museum store. The Kinship Café offers lunch and spectacular views of the Blue Mountain foothills.


Roberta Conner, Director
Address: 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton 97801
Phone: 541-429-7700
Fax: 541-429-7716