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What Culture Is There To See?

Pendleton is proud of our unique cultural heritage. See the far-reaching influence of Native American tribes and Western cultures that are integral to Pendleton’s identity.

Native American Influence:

The presence of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has a profound impact on Pendleton’s culture. The Tribes’ traditions, including the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people, are woven into the fabric of the town’s identity. Pendleton’s annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, for instance, features a Native American Village showcasing tribal traditions, dance, and art.

Arts and Creativity:

Pendleton nurtures a vibrant arts community, evidenced by the Pendleton Center for the Arts and local galleries that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists. The First Friday Art Walk allows residents and visitors to explore galleries, studios, and boutiques while engaging with local artists.

Western Heritage:

The town’s Western heritage is palpable in its architecture, festivals, and community events. Pendleton’s Main Street retains the charm of its historic buildings, while Western-themed businesses and attractions pay homage to the cowboy culture that shaped the region.

Cultural Festivals:

Pendleton hosts various cultural events that celebrate its diverse heritage. From Native American powwows to multicultural festivals, these events provide a platform for sharing traditions, art, music, and cuisine from different cultures.

Educational and Historical Embrace:

Pendleton’s culture includes a dedication to preserving its history and educating the community. Museums, historical sites, and interpretive centers showcase the town’s past and provide insight into the lives of its early inhabitants.

Step into a world where the echoes of pioneers’ footsteps still resonate, and the stories of the past come to life. Join us in exploring a chapter of the American West that stands the test of time – a journey that embraces the past while celebrating the present.

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