Tamástslikt: A Tribal Museum Turning History Over and Turning Lives Around

Bobbie Conner, Director, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 5:30–6:30 pm

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Reviews of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute have called it “evocative, poetic, compelling.” What is so special about the national museum of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes? Conner will walk through the community process that developed the plans, the exhibits that wow some visitors to tears, and the opportunities and challenges of being a non-profit next door to a tribal casino.

Bobbie Conner is the director of Tamástslikt (Tah-mahst-slickt) Cultural Institute. The 45,000-square-foot museum is just east of Pendleton on the Umatilla Reservation. The tribally-owned museum includes state-of-the-art exhibits, Coyote Theater, living culture village, research library, meeting rooms, Museum Store, Kinship Café, and a basalt-lined circular lobby featuring a floor-to-ceiling mural of Celilo Falls.

Listen to Bobbie Conner’s Presentation on “Tamástslikt”
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She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Umatilla Tribal Community Foundation and the American Association of Museums and on the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian. Bobbie served as Vice President of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Board of Directors and as a leader of its Circle of Tribal Advisors.

Reading List

Conner, Bobbie. “Early Contact and Incursion, 1700-1850”,  As Days Go By: Our History, Our Land, Our People-The Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Jennifer Karson, ed., pp. 23-57, Seattle: University of Washington Press: 2006.

Conner, Bobbie.  “The past is alive in us: The Imperative for Cultural Stewardship”, Forum Journal, National Trust Forum, pp. 39-44, Winter 2006, vol. 20, number 2.

Conner, Bobbie. “Our People Have Always Been Here”, in Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes, pp. 85-119, ed. Alvin M. Josephy, New York: Knopf Publishing: 2006.

Conner, Bobbie. “Introduction” in The Cayuse Indians’ Imperial Tribesmen of Old Oregon. John H. Ruby & John A. Brown,  pp. xv-xix.  Norman OK: University of Oklahoma Press: 2005

Conner, Bobbie. “The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial: Putting Tribes Back on the Map.” Lewis & Clark Legacies, Memories, and New Perspectives, ed. Kris Fresonke & Mark Spence.  Berkley, CA: University of California Press: 2004.

Conner, Bobbie. “Epilogue: A Conversation on the History of Lewis & Clark and the Bicentennial Commemoration of 2005”, Two Centuries of Lewis & Clark: Reflections on the Voyage of Discovery, Oregon Historical Society Press. William L. Lang and Carl Abbott, eds. pp. 107 to 133: 2004.

Conner, Bobbie. “Honoring Homeland Heritage” in AASLH History News: The Magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, pp. 10-13., Vol. 60, No. 1: 2003.

Conner, Bobbie. “Putting Tribes Back on The Map”, in AASLH History News: The Magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, pp. 11-15., Vol. 56, no. 2. Spring 2001.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

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