Northwest Museum Art & Culture Presents - The Secret Life of an Artifact

If you’re interested in museum sciences the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture has a current exhibit on how artifacts are processed at a museum to share with the public. Take a day and learn about the work the done at museums so ensure preservation of the past for the future.

A working Collections Lab opens for a public view behind-the-scenes. Topics include:

  • Artifact Boot Camp

  • Artifact Emergencies

  • Collection Intersections and Artistic Spirit

  • Visible Storage

  • The Science of Decay

“Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artifacts, art and specimens which they hold in trust for society.”  
-United Kingdom Museum Association Code of Ethics


Archaeology Roadshow 2018

Two free archaeology events are coming to Oregon! 

  1. Portland: Saturday June 2nd
    Portland State campus next to the Farmers Market

  2. Harney County (Burns/Hines): Saturday June 9
    Portland State University is working with archaeologists, heritage specialists and school groups in Harney County to support their creation of activities that promote heritage on the east side of our fair state. We'll host a panel of experts to identify the artifacts visitors bring to the event.

Archaeology Roadshow's theme this year is 'the Archaeology of Change.' Fundamentally, archaeologists study the ways people, societies, and environments change through time: within a year, over decades, centuries, or even millennia. Sometimes cultures persist in the face of environmental upheavals or cultural shifts; sometimes they don't. Why in some places and times do once highly-mobile people become sedentary? Why do the food choices people make change or not? Why is change sometimes fast or sometimes gradual? Why do some parts of culture persist (and some parts change)?

Regional Salish language conference in Spokane

The 2018 Celebrating Salish Conference was held last week at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The conference is a revitalization effort to keep alive the endangered Salish language; conference workshops explored teaching using songs (even Salish karaoke!), games, and conversation.

Click here to read more.

Lost Native American Ancestor Revealed in Ancient Child’s DNA

Field work in Alaska shedding light on how the Americas were populated. 

Andy Everson

 Image of Northern Warrior helmet from

Image of Northern Warrior helmet from

K'ómoks First Nation artist who has combined Native and pop culture to represent the warrior spirit with a Northwest Coast Star Wars helmet. Visit his site to view more and find locations to purchase his prints.


 Image from Project 562 website

Image from Project 562 website

Matika Wilbur, Swinomish and Tulalip, has set out on a multi-year project across the United States to photograph all 562 federally recognized tribes, portraying the subjects how they wish to be portrayed, blogging about her experiences, and changing the way we see Native America.

Eighth Generation

 Image from Eighth Generation website

Image from Eighth Generation website

Louie Gong, Nooksack artist, founded the Native-owned and operated company Eighth Generation, established a shop in Pike Place Market in Seattle,  and has had massive success selling shoes, blankets, jewelry, and more.