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Our Story

Learn a little more about us.

Tamánwit, a Community of Warm Springs Artists, is a community-based organization whose mission is to facilitate economic opportunity for Warm Springs Indian Reservation artists, provide educational opportunities for aspiring Native artists, and to increase knowledge and understanding of the tribal arts and crafts of the Columbia River Plateau.  Tamánwit, with the assistance of the Warm Springs Community Action Team and ONABEN, is working towards establishing itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by late 2018.

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, home to the majority of the 5,200 members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), consists of timbered and high desert landscapes on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, covering 1,019 square miles in Oregon’s Wasco and Jefferson counties.  The CTWS is comprised of three tribes: the Warm Springs Tribe, the Wascos, and the Northern Paiutes.  There are approximately 6,000 people living on the reservation.  About 250 to 300 of these people are artists, who make various types of traditional and nontraditional art representing themselves and their cultures.

5200

CTWS Members

1019

Sq Miles

2013

Year Founded

20

tribal members

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.

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