OUR HISTORY

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.

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SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Kennewick Man

Explore the 20-year history of Kennewick Man, known as the Ancient One, the 10,000-year-old man found along the banks of the Columbia River.

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