Drumming, dancing and basket weaving


Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 4.19.31 PMWALLOWA –The Tamkaliks Powwow celebrates the history and culture of Northwest Native people through song, dance, ceremony and food July 21 through 23.

This year, before the drumming and dancing begins, the Homeland Project’s Office, at 209 East 2nd Street in Wallowa, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 for cattail basket weaving and beading instructed by Cece Whitewolf and Ron Cameron. Supplies will be provided. Contact the office to register.

The first dance roll call is Friday evening under the dance arbor at 7 p.m. followed by social dancing with MC’s Thomas Morning Owl and Fred Hill.

Saturday morning the horse parade around the Tamkaliks Powwow grounds begins at 9 a.m. followed by a ceremony led by Cece honoring the Women Warriors of the 1877 Nez Perce War. Memorials & Namings also happen Saturday morning.

Saturday’s roll calls are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday evening features the Veterans Honor Dance and contest dancing, including $1,000 in prize money for the Owl Dance Special.

Sunday the Washat services in the new longhouse begin at 9 a.m. followed by the Friendship Feast at noon and the final dance roll call at 2 p.m. for championship dancing contests.

There is always plenty of opportunity to shop for souvenirs at the vendors booth or in the dance arbor where buy raffle tickets for a wide assortment of prizes are available like Olaf Pottery from Ted Juvé of Joseph, a Pendleton blanket, a buffalo robe, a Chief
Joseph Days Rodeo package and a Wildhorse Resort golf and casino package.

Tamkaliks is a welcome home-coming for Nez Perce descendants and a summertime tradition for local residents for the past 27 years. Everyone is invited to camp for free at the Wallowa Homeland Project grounds on the banks of the Wallowa River, not far from an old Wallowa Band village site.

For more information contact the Homeland Project in Wallowa at 541-886-3101 or email info@wallowanezperce.org.

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