Category Archives: Culture & Tradition

WE ONCE WERE HORSE PEOPLE

It was an honor for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and the Confederated Tribes that inveterate horse people stepped forward to share their experiences.  Some remarkable feats were described during ‘Reservation Round-Ups’ by those who experienced it:  Bryson Liberty, Alphonse Halfmoon, Antone … Continue reading

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INTANGIBLES WOVEN IN TWINE

About the significance of Indian basketweaving, the Burke Museum intoned,“While it is an ancient art, basketry is a tradition which continues to thrive today.  In the past, basket making was the domain of women.  Today, both men and women practice … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Who should I spot when I opened up the Fall 2011 issue of the National Museum of the American Indian magazine but our own John Bevis and Katy Blackwolf.  Their horse regalia-making class is pictured.  Tsitsqíits!  What a surprise.  They … Continue reading

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WÍNAM TAMÁSCLIKTYAW

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’s living culture village opens May 28 and remains open through September 5.  Admission to the village is included with museum admission.  Naamí Níshaycht, our village, brings alive the culture of the people now known as Cayuse, Walla … Continue reading

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HOMEGROWN TALENT

David Close, CTUIR member, has made a brilliant career from his enjoyment of fishery work. He is now relating pure science to the traditional food, the lamprey eel– héesu (Nimíiputimtki) or ksúyas (Sahaptin). It’s inspiring that someone who didn’t think … Continue reading

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GOING TO THE BUFFALO

Yellowstone was at the crossroads of trade routes for many tribes in prehistory. This year, hunting buffalo outside the park was opened up to tribes like ours that once “went to the buffalo” across the continental divide. Aspiring to be … Continue reading

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WHAT’S UP WITH THE POW WOW?

Fred Hill’s up to his old tricks trying to make us try something new. Is Fred a pan-Indian? He likes the Canadian hand drum singing, so there will be a “three-man, open-handed hand drum contest” at the tribal longhouse later next … Continue reading

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