About The Wanapum

The Wanapum live on the Columbia River; it has been their home from time immemorial. Wanapum means River People. They believe they were put there to protect and preserve the land and river for themselves, their children, and those not yet born. As spiritual people, the Wanapum continue to practice their religion. Friendly, understanding, and respectful of all people and things, the Wanapum only wish to live in peace. Through strenuous and prudent efforts, the Wanapum have successfully built relationships with federal, state, and local agencies. The respect, trust, and mutual understanding that results from these relationships allow the Wanapum to actively participate in decision-making processes that affect their responsibilities to care for the creator.



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


Interior of special exhibit at Wanapum Heritage Center showing Essence Around Us children's interactive exhibit

Oct 15, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020

Essence Around Us

An interactive exhibit for children of all ages.


Preserving Lodge Building Traditions

Upcoming Event: Archaeology Month

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