The public will have a chance to celebrate traditional Nez Perce culture this weekend as the Wallowa Band Nez Perce will celebrate their ongoing presence in the Wallowa Valley of Oregon via their Tamkaliks Celebration and Potluck.
The event began in 1990 as the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Pow Wow and Friendship Potluck when City of Wallowa officials approached the late Taz E. E. Conner, descendent of Old Chief Joseph (Tuekakas), to assist them with organizing a Native American festival. The event’s name changed to Tamkaliks, “from where you can see the mountains”, when it moved to the prospective site of the new Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center in 1998.
For the Wallowa Nez Perce, the Tamkaliks celebration is an opportunity to honor and learn about traditional Nez Perce culture in the spirit of friendship.
“For three days we have traditional Native American songs and dances. The traditional wear of the dancers is spectacular,” Tamkaliks Co-Founder Terry Crenshaw explains on the tribal nation’s website. “Outside the dance area we have 20-25 concessionaires selling food, Native American crafts and other items. Along the river the participants camp during the powwow, many setting up teepees. The sight of teepees along the river after many years’ absence is awe inspiring.
“On the last day of the festival, we have the friendship potluck. The Native American community provides salmon, deer and elk, a local rancher provides buffalo and locals bring potluck dishes. For the deer and elk a group of Indians come early and exercise their treaty rights by hunting for the game for the feast. A local committee prepares the fish and game. At last year’s’ feast we fed over 600 people. We have speeches, songs, and prayers at the feast.
“As time goes on we have had more and more contact between the locals and Indians and we are beginning to see true friendships form because of this event with each year garnering greater attendance and support.”
“Tamkaliks Celebration Pow Wow” Profile – 2012
“Let The Children Dance” – Tamkaliks 2016
Here is a select list of pow wows happening across Turtle Island July 21st through July 24th:
Howard County (MD) Native American Pow Wow, July 22-23
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
For more information visit the Howard County (MD) Native American Pow Wow web listing.
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