Welcome to Nicht-yow-way
The homeland of the Cayuse, Umatilla
and Walla Walla three distinct tribes numbering more than 8,000
people when the Corps of Discovery passed through. For more than 10,000
years, these three tribes have been banded together by blood, culture
and history, and have, impressively, maintained their traditional song,
dance, art, language, clothing, religion and food, despite vast changes
in the environment and culture around them. Of interest on the Umatilla
Reservation, just east of Pendleton, are:
Cultural Institute a
45,000-square-foot interpretive center, and the only facility designed
by and about native people along the National Historic Oregon Trail.
It was the final of five interpretive centers planned in Oregon as part
of the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial in 1993, opening in 1998. The center
features 10,000 square feet of exhibits; a changing exhibit gallery;
a museum store with the work of more than 70 local tribal artists; a
café; artifact collections and archives. A living-culture village
is currently being planned for the center.
Walla Treaty Sesquicentennial, 2005 The
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will commemorate
the 1805 treaty signing with an original drama and with other activities
that will educate all people about the significance of the treaty, then
and now, telling their own story in their own words.
Heritage Corridor This
project promotes a series of driving routes encompassing Lewis &
Clark sites, the National Historic Oregon Trail, and attractions within
the tribes traditional homelands via a map and audio CD.
Denight, Public Relations, (541) 966-1973.
Conner, Museum Director, (541) 966-9748, www.tamastslikt.com
order a press kit, or for more detailed media assistance, contact:
Tourism Commission: [email protected]
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon: [email protected]