Museum celebrates 10th anniversary
June 4, 2003 — A horseback parade, rededication ceremony and salmon bake on Saturday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the building of The Museum at Warm Springs.
Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath Sr. spoke at the rededication, telling how the dream for the museum began in 1968 when the Confederated Tribes, concerned about losing tribal artifacts to collectors, allocated $50,000 annually to purchase items from tribal families.
Finally, in 1993 the $7.6 million, state-of-the-art, $25,000 square-foot museum was built to house the collection and preserve tribal culture.
Its architectural design by Don Stastny, which incorporated Native American elements, such as brickwork done in a basket weave design, round entryway in the shape of a drum, and teepee-shaped building wing, won a Merit Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects for its unique design.
Today, the museum has amassed more than 6,000 artifacts -- the largest collection of Native American artifacts in tribal hands anywhere.
Guest speaker, former Gov. Vic Atiyeh remarked, "The building is beautiful on the outside, but the heart is on the inside."
Other dignitaries at the rededication included Wasco Chief Nelson Wallulatum, Paiute Chief Joe Moses, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Charles Jackson, Architect Don Stastny, Contractor Steve Andersen, Exhibit Designer Craig Kerger, Tribal Council Chairman Garland Brunoe and former Chair J.P. Patt, Washut leader Fred Wallulatum, Moderator Rudy Clements, Museum Board President Jim Noteboom, Board of Regents Chair Bob Smith, and Museum Executive Director Carol Leone.
For the occasion, the Changing Exhibits Gallery in the museum featured an exhibit of book illustrations by Native American artist Allan Houser, and his wife Ann Marie Houser and foundation member Nelson Foss were also in attendance. Ten years ago, a Houser sculpture exhibit was the first to be shown at the museum's gallery.
Along with the museum's rededication, Warm Springs Veterans held a Korean War Plaque and Grove dedication, and Don Potter gave a Lions Memorial Grove presentation. All war veterans in the audience were asked to come forward to be honored.
The day concluded with a free salmon bake for all and social powwow.