Each July, the 360 acre property "Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland" becomes a place of reunion for descendants of the original inhabitants of walw'waama, the Wallowa country.
Three days of dancing and drumming at the outdoor, shaded arbor. Other events include a Horse Parade, Washat services in the Longhouse and a Friendship Feast. This meal includes traditional foods, prepared in the traditional way, which are complimented by side dishes brought by guests & the local community.
Descendants, locals and visitors attend together. Vendors offer food, native crafts & craft supplies, and other goods. Tent & dry RV camping is welcomed and free of charge for this celebratory weeked.
Emcee's Fred Hill & Thomas Morningowl
Friday, July 20th
7pm Roll Call - Social Dancing (Don't miss this if it's your first pow wow)
Saturday, July 21st
9am Horse Parade
1pm & 7pm Roll Call - Contest Dancing
War Bonnet Special - Must be 18 to enter, $1000 Prize Money
Sunday, July 22nd
9am Washat Services
12pm Friendship Feast
2pm Roll Call - Championship Dancing
Help us erase the footprint of the hundreds of visitors to the Homeland grounds over Tamkaliks Celebration weekend. Breaking down tents, cleaning up trash, stowing away chairs & tables, taking down the parachute and more must be done on Monday, once all the fun is done. Many hands make light work, and everyone will be wiped out from the big weekend so the more hands the better!
Explore the Tamkaliks grounds and hike Tick Hill with Wallowa Land Trust and the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.
Help prepare the grounds for arrival of campers, vendors, dancers and visitors. Weed-whacking, cleaning the arbor, kitchen, longhouse & bathrooms, among other projects. Lunch will be provided. Bring work gloves and water to stay hydrated.
Each year we set up a tent at the annual Watershed Festival and Maxville Gathering, held at the Fairgrounds in Enterprise.
This year we'll be hosting an activity about that trickster, Coyote, and the Nez Perce creation story of the Heart of the Monster.