EXHIBITS AND EVENTS FOR EVERY AGE
Experience Our Heritage and Culture
The Heritage Center is intended to protect preserve and perpetuate the culture traditions and identity of the Wanapum of Priest Rapids. It is located along the banks of the Columbia River, near Priest Rapids Dam, on the ancestral grounds of the Wanapum. The 50,000 sq ft facility houses a 10,000 sq ft permanent exhibit space, a 2,000 sq ft temporary rotating exhibit space, a climate controlled repository and collection facility, a library, staff offices and open space for large group activities conferences, demonstrations, training and living culture program activities.
Permanent Exhibit highlights include:
- interactive monitors
- 45-seat theatre
- Wanapum history film "Life as a Wanapum"
- dioramas and life-size tule mat lodge
- audio interviews with Wanapum about gathering, fishing hunting, trading and healing
Dedicated to the children of today -- and of the future -- to help them understand who they are and where they come from because you can’t grow unless you know who you are.
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
July 15 – October 15, 2023
Portraits in Red: Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Painting Project
“I want to paint them the way the spirits would see them.” – Nayana LaFond
Artist's statement: I began this painting project without the intention of it becoming a project at all. I intended to make one painting as a catharsis and tribute to a domestic violence survivor and my matrilineal line.
The response to the first painting was so strong I decided to paint another. This began on May 5, 2020 when I was in quarantine and looking for something to occupy my time.
After an even larger online response to the second portrait, I decided to tell people that if they send me their images, I would paint them to raise awareness about the crisis. Within the first day I received 25 emails and private messages with images and stories. I soon figured out that I needed to paint them all. I could not say yes to some and say no to others. As of September 2022 I have completed 90 works and have a constant queue of 30 or more at a time. I paint them all for free, and I provide unlimited free prints to the families while exhibiting the originals to raise awareness. Because of so many messages and requests coming in, I declared it to be a project – the MMIWG/P Painting project began.
Each portrait is painted in black and white with red being the only visible color because spirits can only see red. Through painting these people I seek to elevate their voices, promote healing and spark discussion while contributing toward change. Each painting brings me healing from my own experiences and the experiences of my family members and I hope it brings some healing to those I paint and their families.
I also hope to raise awareness about this issue through exhibiting the work. Eventually if I do make the work available for sale I will donate to various charities including the NIWRC (National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center).
Nayana LaFond is of Anishinaabe, Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Metis, French, German and other descent and is very active in her indigenous community.