The First Nez Perce Pow Wow
Since the covid-19 outbreak in 2020.
Reunited at last!
are an important part of the Native American culture. It is the Native American people’s way of getting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. It is a time to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
Until COVID-19 interrupted everyone’s life, the big Nez Perce POW WOW called Tamkaliks takes place always the weekend before Chief Joseph Days in Wallowa, Oregon.
The video displays a brief insight into the 2021 Nez Perce Encampment Pavilion that takes place every year during Chief Joseph Days east of the Harley Tucker Rodeo Arena.
Each dance session begins with a Grand Entry, including a procession of dancers. The Flag Bearers lead the procession carrying the Eagle Staff, American Flag, The Canadian Flag, and frequently, the MIA-POW Flag. Being a Flag Bearer is an honor usually given to a veteran, a respected traditional dancer, or a traditional elder. Everyone is asked to stand during the Grand Entry and men should remove their head coverings unless it has an eagle feather. After all the dancers are in the Arbor, a flag song is sung to honor the Eagle Staff and flags. Then a respected person, usually an elder, offers a prayer. This is followed by a victory song during which the Eagle Staff and flags are placed in their stands.
The dance displayed in this short video is the Circle Dance. A dance of friendship where everyone can join in. The circle of dancers moves to the left in the clockwise direction and three circle dance songs will be sung in succession.
For more information about the Nez Perce Tribe visit https://nezperce.org
Encampment Highlight Gallery
The pictures in this gallery reflect only the highlights from the event. These and many more are available for sale at the link above.
Thank you for your interest in my photography. ~ Angelika Ursula Dietrich – Wild Horses Thunder
For the complete coverage of the Encampment read the “Chief Joseph Days” article in the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune starting on page 6.
PLEASE NOTE: Pictures are available for sale to tribal members, and their families! They are NOT to be used for any type of publication, online, or otherwise, regardless of use including non-profit without the written permission of Angelika Ursula Dietrich AND the Nez Perce tribe. Thank you for your understanding ~ Angelika Ursula Dietrich – Wild Horses Thunder
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