For those of you living in or traveling to the Pacific Northwest, here is a list of great events to experience.
Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow: July 8-10 in Fairbanks.
The World Eskimo Indian Olympics: July 20-23 in Fairbanks; competitive events include tests of agility, balance, endurance and strength.
Squamish Nation’s 28th annual Youth Pow Wow: July 8-10 at Capilano Reserve Park, 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver.
The Spirit of the People Pow Wow: July 22-24, at the Tzeachten Sports Field, 46770 Bailey Road, Chilliwack.
The Kamloopa Pow Wow: July 29-31 at the Tk’emlups Indian Band Powwow Grounds, 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops.
Julyamsh Pow Wow: (Arguably the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest) July 22-24 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.
The Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival: Aug. 11-14 in Fort Hall.
The Rexburg Native American Contest Pow Wow: Sept. 16-17 in Rexburg.
Pi-ume-sha Treaty Days: June 24-26, 2200 Hollywood Blvd., Warm Springs.
22nd annual Wildhorse Pow Wow: July 1-3, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd , Pendleton; Marcellus
Norwest Veterans Pow Wow: July 8-10, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde
26th annual Tamkaliks Annual Celebration: July 22-24, Pow Wow Grounds, 70956 Whiskey Creek Road, Wallowa.
Richard Twiss Memorial and Living Waters Pow Wow: July 30, 7790 SE Marion Road, Turner.
Nesika Illahee Pow Wow: Aug, 12-14, Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, 402 NE Park Drive, Siletz.
The Klamath Tribes’ Restoration Celebration: Aug. 26-28, in Klamath Falls. The pow wow, parade and rodeo take place at 7390 S. Sixth St., Klamath Falls.
The 2016 Canoe Journey: July 30 – Approximately 100 canoes from Pacific Northwest Native Nations will land at the Port of Olympia.
The Nisqually Tribe Medicine Creek Treaty Commemoration: July 31, Aug. 1-6.
Siiddastallan 2016 / Sami People Gathering: Aug. 12-14 in Poulsbo, Seattle located in Suquamish’s historical territory and founded by immigrants from Scandinavia in the 1880s. This is the first Sami gathering here since 1998.
Chief Seattle Days: Aug. 19-21, the Suquamish Tribe’s three-day public festival established in 1911 to honor Chief Si’ahl, or Seattle, leader of the Duwamish and Suquamish people and namesake of the City of Seattle.
Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre (www.sihb.org). The seventh annual event celebrates Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations cultures.
The 22nd annual SpiritWalk – Walk for Native Health: June 25 – 8:30 a.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre. Participants will walk to Myrtle Edwards Park and back to Seattle Center to raise funds for various Native community programs.
Quileute Days: July 15-17 in La Push.
Omak Stampede: Aug. 11-14 in Omak.
Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow: Aug. 13-14.
40th Annual Muckleshoot Skopabsh Pow Wow: Aug. 19-21.
Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow: Aug. 26-28 in Spokane.
Skagit Valley College Fall Pow Wow: Oct. 14-16 in Mount Vernon.