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Celebrate traditional Nez Perce culture
Lots of dedicated volunteers are responsible for making the Tamkaliks
Celebration occur every year. The celebration recognizes the historic
presence of the Nez Perce in the Wallowa Valley.
This year’s 19th edition begins Friday at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center Inc., 70956 Whiskey Creek Road in Wallowa. Friday’s events begin at 7 p.m. with social dancing, Saturday’s at 9 a.m. with a horse parade, with competitive dancing beginning at 1 and 7 p.m. The Sunday Washat service begins at 9 a.m., and the always popular potluck-style friendship feast will follow at 11 a.m. Whether you just stop in for a day, or take part in the free camping with RV or tent, Tamkaliks is a great opportunity for people to observe and learn about Nez Perce traditions. They’ll hear speeches, traditional songs and prayers and see the dancers
donning their spectacular ceremonial clothing.
Local residents and tourists alike should take advantage of the opportunity to learn first-hand about American Indian culture and its rich local history.