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Umatilla Culture and History

As a complement to our Umatilla language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Umatilla tribe and their society. Please note that Umatillas and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Umatilla history is interesting and important, but the Umatilla Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Umatilla Tribal and Community Websites

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation:
    Official homepage of the combined Walla Walla/Cayuse/Umatilla tribe of Oregon.
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute:
    Interpretive center designed by the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla tribes to tell their own history.

Umatilla Lifestyle and Tradition

Oral History: Thomas Morning Owl:
    Interview with an Umatilla Indian leader on the tribe's history, language, and culture.
Umatilla Legends:
    Collection of Umatilla Indian legends and folktales.
The Wallawalla, Umatilla, and Cayuse:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Umatilla Indians and their neighbors.
Umatilla Indians:
    Profile of the Umatilla tribe and description of their interactions with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
People of the Umatilla Indian Reservation:
    Collection of photographs of Umatilla and other Sahaptin people.
Umatilla Authors:
    Umatilla writers, their lives and work.
Ron Pond:
    Songs performed by a Umatilla musician.
Four Directions: Umailla:
    Timeline and links about Umatilla history.
Boiled Dry Corn * Umatilla Elk Steak:
    Traditional Umatilla recipes.

Books for sale on the Umatilla Indians
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Yakima, Palouse, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Wanapum Indians:
    Ethnography for sale on the Umatilla people and other Northwest Plateau Indian tribes.
The Forgotten Tribes: Oral Tales of the Teninos:
    Collection of traditional Watala, Tenino, and Umatilla legends and folktalkes.
The Umatilla:
    Book for kids on the Umatilla Indians past and present.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Umatilla.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Umatillas and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Umatilla Tribe * Umatilla:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Umatilla Indians.
  Pueblo Umatilla * Cultura Umatilla * Los Umatilla:
  Information about the Umatillas in Spanish.
   Umatilla Tribe:
   Umatilla links.

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