By Hand Through Memory

By Hand Through Memory

Indian Nations of the Columbia River Plateau

By Hand Through Memory will take you through the little known journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. This immersive exhibit highlights the experiences of Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, Spokane and Colville people. The exhibit portrays American Indians as people who preserved their history and adapted to and shaped contemporary society. Plateau Indians are not a primitive people living in a craft-making past, but are active decision makers who cultivate cultural identities built on tradition and innovation.

Vivian Adams, Yakama Indian, was a co-curator of our celebrated permanent exhibit By Hand Through Memory. This unique interpretive gallery continues to emphasize the resilience of the Native Peoples of the Columbia River Plateau in retaining their cultural identity.