Visit us at Priest Rapids
Before the Columbia, there was Chiawana. The Wanapum, which means the River People, are part of the river and the land through which it flows. Coyote created the river in his efforts to care for the Wanapum. The Wanapum people have been supported by the river’s bounty for thousands of years. We honor the spirit of the river. We are the caretakers responsible for the land and for passing on the teachings of the natural world to the next generation.
Wanapum Heritage Center Events
New Hours starting JUly 1
Mon, Thur, Fri | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tues, Wed | CLOSED
Sat, Sun | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sept 8, 2022 - Jan 15, 2023
Hanford Reach: In the Atomic Field
This exhibit maps the Hanford Site, a place of essence and importance to the Wanapum Band of PriestRapids. Through photography, sound, and video the installation reflects the atomic histories of Hanford, and the secrecy that enshrouds them.
Created by Glenna Cole Allee
With Michael Paulus, videography, and Jon Leidecker, sound design
A collaborative animation with Gregory Cosmo Haun
And a print of the poem “Plume,” by Kathleen Flenniken
Preserving Lodge Building Traditions
What our visitors are saying about The Wanapum Heritage Center
There, in pictures, dioramas, and words of youth and elders standing in two worlds, is the relationship of the Wanapum to the river, the land, the food and the dominant culture. It is still in my mind.
Wander the Wanapum Heritage Center. Read the words of the elders. Imagine living in two worlds, and recommit to the spirit which connects you to the gifts of Earth which sustain you and yours.
The permanent exhibit, with great care and nuance, tells the historic and contemporary stories of this tribe. Very well done.
Honestly, this is one of the best museums / cultural centers we’ve ever been in (and that is saying a lot)! Wonderful people.
This is one of the most amazing places in America – no one knows about it. Please go. It will change your life!
It is not your average Heritage Center and well worth a visit!
A powerful story…a memorable experience…
The exhibit is refreshing as it blends past and present, conveying the powerful message that the Wanapum are still here and will always be.