Category Archives: Tribal Museum

DREAMING OF NET-ZERO

‘Payshnam chaw shi’ix anaknuwita tichamna kunam tichamnim chaw inaknuwita shi’ix.’ ‘If you do not take good care of the land, then the land will not take good care of you’    –saying of the Elders, quoted by Jess Nowland A UN … Continue reading

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WHERE IS THE FUN

There used to be some memorable elderly friends who spent time at the museum just hanging out.  A staffer would go for mail, return and tell one of the gentlemen, “You left your pony idling in the parking lot.”  It … Continue reading

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Miyanashmaamí , Kid Stuff

When the Cascade Academy  of Bend, OR, visited Tamástslikt, I found myself trying to explain the bygone custom of the whipman who disciplined the guilty and innocent alike.  Sometimes the tradition of the whipman is as incomprehensible to me as … Continue reading

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Today the last complement of 60 sixth graders from the Sunridge Middle School visited Tamástslikt and the Painted Metaphors Maya exhibit.  Teacher Paul Nolan led the classes in an exercise, analyzing the rollout painting of the Ratinlixul vase.  Mr. Nolan … Continue reading

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MAYA FOLKLORE

The Maya people portrayed in the current exhibit, Painted Metaphors, followed some interesting beliefs in their folklore.  In ancient times, for example, they solemnized their marriages by having the wedded pair ceremonially drink chocolate.  They have stories about Sisemite, a … Continue reading

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WHY A MAYA EXHIBIT?

There is much animal imagery in our current exhibit, Painted Metaphors:  Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya—jaguars, catfish, frogs, bats, hummingbirds, and a dog.  Like other indigenous people, the Maya ascribed desirable characteristics to certain animals.  The jaguar was … Continue reading

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NATURE OF THE ENEMY

Woodrow Star, Cayuse-Nez Perce of Arickara extraction, son of Theresa Mae Eagle, served in Vietnam in the  Military Police.  When he arrived at his station, they found a used helmet for him with a faded ‘MP’ imprint, barely visible.  He … Continue reading

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