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Destination Pendelton, Oregon: True Western Town’s Top Attraction

Head to Pendelton, Oreg. to discover a bit of what the real Old West was like. Named the Top True Western Town of 2011 by True West magazine, its museums and attractions celebrate the rich traditions of pioneers, cowboys and Native Americans.
Find fine craftsmanship at the Pendleton Woolen Mills, working saddle shops and Native American beading. Enjoy genuine thrills at The Underground Tours and world-famous Pendleton Round-Up Arena. Bikers, cyclists and sportspeople love this location at the base of the Blue Mountains.
Pendelton’s Top Attraction:
Ranked Number One, the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
Come to Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and experience the storied past, rich present and bright future of our tribes through interactive exhibits,special events and a Living Culture Village. More than just a museum, Tamástslikt celebrates the traditions of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes. With dramatic exhibits, renowned artwork and interesting — and yes, fun — events year-round. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute offers a 10,000-year voyage in a single afternoon.
Here are a few upcoming calendar events:
July 12: FIRST CONTACT
Indian people have many oral histories of early contact with the non-Indian. Meet explorer David Douglas who came to the Pacific Northwest in the 1820’s. Learn about the plants and herbs he found here in our homeland.
July 19: EXPLORING OUR PAST
Learn about the tule reed and the many ways it was used. Make a tule duck decoy with a local educator.
July 26: CAMP FOODS
Learn what the special relationship we have with our “First Foods.” Make a First Foods bracelet.
Aug 2: GAME DAY
Come join in the fun. Learn how children entertained themselves before television and video games.
Ever play hoop and arrow, stick game, dice, cup and ball? Earn a “Let’s Move” certificate for being physically active.
Aug 9: EXPLORING OUR PAST
Do you know what a burning glass is or a flint & steel? Learn several different ways to start a fire from a local educator and fire starter.
Aug 16: FIRST CONTACT
Communication is very important
For more information, visit http://www.tamastslikt.org/

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