Tamánwit began meeting in December 2013, when a dozen Warm Springs artists held an informal meeting about starting an artisans’ cooperative. From this meeting, a five-person steering committee was formed. This core group wanted to find opportunities for community members to sell their work and share their traditional arts and crafts with others. By 2016, the group began to have regular meetings and workshops, which were attended by up to 25 community members. The organization maintains a Facebook page with over 120 members, and is growing each month. In April 2017, the group selected its name, “Tamánwit: A Community of Warm Springs Artists”, and its members agreed to pursue nonprofit status.
The group currently consists of 15-20 tribal members who regularly participate in its events and workshops. Each person has her or his own unique style of art, and her or his own unique story to tell. The artists produce beadwork, huckleberry baskets, ceramics, cedar root baskets, pine needle baskets, quilts, traditional ribbon shirts and wing dresses, traditional jingle dresses, paintings, deer hide bags and moccasins, buckskin dresses, and many other types of art.