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Umatilla River > Culture > Arts and Artists

Then All Becomes Beautiful to See

 

Artistry among the Natítayt (The People) sought to express ingenuity and originality. Artistic designs and motifs found in beadwork, clothing, tools, religious objects, and everyday items were often derived from nature. Tribal and family emblems were common. An individual dream sometimes provided inspiration, meaning, and color choices for personal items.
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Alice Pate-wa, Umatilla
woman with decorative cradleboard.

Courtesy Maj. Lee Moorhouse, PH 36, Special Collections & University Archives, University., #M4886

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Feather
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Tule Bag
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Weaving Tul

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The Indians of the Plateau were noted for their beautiful beadwork and corn husk weaving. The imagery, texture, pattern, composition, color, and designs come from nature's creations.

 

"Here Forever"
Kwaalisim Chna (Imatalam & Waluulapum)
Kuunku Kini (Nimiputimt)
Kapan Cafix (Cayuse)

"As a people, we have lived in this homeland from time immemorial. This land has formed how we as Indian people see and interpret and express ourselves in the work of our hands. Regardless of the medium - whether fine art, traditional art, or performance art. The work reflects a living culture, not a culture frozen in the past, but one that is being shaped by many forces. Everything we do is rooted in the sense of place, and our creativity reflects the land."

Bill Quaempts, current Board of Trustees member

Our encounters with the greater world continue to unfold. Artistic expression continues to serve as a means of preserving individual and group identity in a changing world. At each given moment in time we have the ability to transform the foreign into the familiar and make it our own.

 
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Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts crow@crowsshadow.org
Umatilla County Historical Society uchs@oregontrail.net

Cayuse Gallery
Maynard & Marlene Whiteowl-Lavadour Cayuse / Navajo 1 B 151 SE First Street Pendleton OR 97801- (541) 966-1191 The gallery carries a variety of work from northwest and southwest tribes. Artwork includes jewelry made from glass beads, turquoise, and silver. Gallery also sells native designed mousepads and t-shirts. Northeastern Oregon cayusegallery@oregontrail.net

"Here Forever" Annual Tribal Art Show
http://tamastslikt.com/schedule.asp?eid=74

Soon to come: Tamástslikt Cultural Institute store e-commerce site, featuring Plateau-style arts and designs.

 
Background: Limited edition Cayuse blanket, created by the Pendleton Woolen Mills,
Pendleton, Oregon, in conjunction with Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.