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The MCE is closed this week, November 24 through the 27.

We'll re-open on Wednesday, December 1 for the last week of classes.

Current Exhibits

ʔax̌ʷmn ̓ - "To Brush the Water": The Revival of Canoe Culture on the Upper Columbia River (2013 – 2021), Sept. 29 – Dec. 4 

This exhibit celebrates the distinctive design and aesthetics of Indigenous technologies, including a distinctive canoe type, from the Columbia Plateau. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Shawn Brigman (an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and descendant of the Sinixt and Secwepemc).Visitors will learn about Shawn’s cultural recovery work while celebrating the arts and technologies of his ancestors.

You’re in Wheat Country: A Photographic Journey with Skip Smith, Sept. 29 – Dec. 4 

Photographs of everyday life from small eastern Washington towns are featured in this exhibit, along with excerpts from conversations with residents from Washtucna, Kahlotus, Lind, Connell, and Ritzville.  Curated by photographer Skip Smith, this exhibit invites visitors to encounter the subtle beauty and stark landscapes of eastern Washington’s arid wheat country.  

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Three Museum Studies Students consider exhibit case arrangement

Students from the CWU Museum Club install their 2019 exhibit Thanks for the Memories.


The CWU Museum of Culture & Environment resides on land ceded by the Yakama people in 1855. We must respect and take care of this land and all that comes from it. The Yakama people continue their relationship with the land to this day, offering gratitude and stewardship. We acknowledge that the Museum and the collections we steward came to be at CWU because of the many complex legacies of colonialism. And we acknowledge Indigenous CWU students, past, present, and future.


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