Alongside this year’s Tamkaliks Celebration, traditional canoeing will be honored in the Wallowas. Paddlers from across the northwest will camp at Tamkaliks the night of July 19. A ceremonial paddle around Wallowa lake commences at sunrise on Saturday, July 20.
Cece Whitewolf who is helping organize the event said the ceremonial paddle follows ancient tradition. The Canoe Journey is described as a way to honor Elders, inspire youth, document history, and build on cultural strengths and assets.
“As is the canoe protocol, each canoe has to ask permission of the descendants of the old Joseph Band of the Nez Perce if they can come ashore” Whitewolf said.
A breakfast on the north shore of Wallowa Lake will follow Friday morning’s ceremonial paddle. Back at the Tamkaliks campground in the afternoon, canoe protocol singing, dancing and drumming will take place in the arbor.