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!