EDUCATION IS A BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING
The Wanapum Heritage Center is dedicated to the children of today and the ones yet to come.
Museum outreach programs include:
• School visits to the museum
• The mobile Wanapum Native American Discovery Unit (WNADU)
• Special exhibits
• Wanapum presentations at regional events
Admission is always free and there is no cost to bring the WNADU to your school or event.
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 Priest Rapids. 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
Winter Tule Mat Lodge
What 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.