Living Culture Village opens Saturday

Minerva Soucie uses willow and red bud bark strips to make a traditional cone basket during a past event at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Mission. Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will demonstrate traditional activities at Tamástslikt’s Living Culture Village.

Members of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes will demonstrate traditional activities at the Living Culture Village. The village is open daily beginning Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton. The village will continue through Sept. 4.

Village interpreters will demonstrate for the edification, enlightenment and occasional participation of visitors.

Special activities showcased at the Living Culture Village in June will include food gathering, traditional games and everyday clothing and regalia. In addition, a special overnight activity for children is planned on Friday, June 17.

July’s schedule includes the usage of tule reed, horse regalia, and beadwork and weaving. August will feature teepee making.

Admission to the village is complimentary with admission to the museum at Tamástslikt. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6, seniors and students; free, 5 and under; and $17, for a family up to four members. The first Friday of each month features free admission. In addition, family passes can be checked out at local libraries. Tamástslikt also participates as a Blue Star Museum for military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The June schedule at the village includes:

June 4-9: Seasonal Food Gathering Cycles. Visitors can observe and learn about the Tribes’ traditional foods, food gathering and preparation.

June 10-17: Traditional Games. People can participate in or enjoy being a spectator at a variety of games, competitions and tests of skill tribal members have played for generations.

June 17: Overnight in the Village. (see accompanying story)

June18-July 1: Everyday Clothing and Regalia. Dresses, leggings, ribbon shirts and other clothing are on display. Visitors can learn how they are made and  how modern materials were adapted for decoration.

For more information, go to or call 541-966-9748.

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