Museum At Warm Springs

The Museum At Warm Springs is intended to preserve the history and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. The museum is both a gesture of welcome to the general public and a conservatory for ancient and revered traditions. Your visit to the museum helps it fulfill its mission, part of which is to share the knowledge of the cultural, traditional and artistic heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs through educational exhibitions and programs that raise and inspire awareness of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and other indigenous tribes.

Located on Highway 26, the museum is arranged to resemble a traditional encampment among the cottonwoods along Shitike Creek in the Deschutes River Canyon. It is intended to be a place in harmony with the natural environment and the natural materials used in the building’s construction reflect the surroundings and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Native stone, heavy timber and brick are all finely detailed to demonstrate the integration of art into everyday life. Meaningful symbols that are used by the Tribes, such as the drum, dance costume bustles and patterns from Klickitat baskets, are also integrated as art forms in the building.  The museum reflects the history of the People of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as they wish it told. Changing exhibits bring the creative work of youth and master artists to the public’s attention. The summer special exhibit may be a renowned traveling exhibit or an exhibit that has a theme of deep interest to Warm Springs. Beautiful bead work, weaving and other arts made by local artisans is available in the Museum’s Gift Shop. On summer weekends you can meet master artists from Warm Springs who will share stories about their work with you.

Northwest Tribes

The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of Northwest Tribes. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme:

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