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  • Title: Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center
    Descriptive info: .. Directions.. Contact Us.. Home.. Events.. History.. About the Center.. Photo Gallery.. Video.. Welcome to the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center.. Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc.. A Nez Perce National Historical Park Site.. "Opening the door to the trail home".. "It is time once again to let the land hear the familiar sounds that have been developed over thousands of years here in the land of winding waters, the rhythm of the drum beat, the songs, the language, the prayers, the people, and all creation joined to co- exist and respect mother earth and this law of the land.. Our elders, whose bones remain in this beautiful land, would be proud that everyone here has a genuine concern to maintain the Nee- Me-Poo (We The People, Nez Perce) culture.. It has fallen upon the shoulders of this generation to capture the history and through cultural understanding, respect this land that we live in.. We all came together at this historical location to extend our concerns for a better  ...   Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail.. as part of Oregon's four National Historical Trails.. To secure, develop, and manage the property and related assets in a manner that enhances and enriches relationships among the descendants of indigenous people and the contemporary inhabitants of the Wallowa Valley.. To create a physical place to build these relationships and to support, preserve and celebrate the customs and culture of the indigenous inhabitants.. To assist in assembling the Wallowa Band Nez Perce culture and history in order to provide interpretation, knowledge and understanding to those who visit the grounds.. To establish an Interpretive Center which fosters understanding of the Nez Perce and other cultures in the Wallowa country.. Contact Information.. 209 East Second St Wallowa, OR 97885.. Phone: (541) 886-3101.. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Summer Office Hours: 11 AM-4 PM, Monday - Friday, or call for Appt.. to visit outside of these hours.. © 2010 Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc.. Design by.. JosephDigital.. com..

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  • Title: Directions to the Center
    Descriptive info: Directions to the Center.. JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use Google Maps.. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser.. To view Google Maps, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options, and then try again.. The address to the Center is:.. 209 East Second St Wallowa, OR 97885..

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  • Title: Nez Perce Trail Events
    Descriptive info: Nez Perce Trail Events.. Tamkaliks Celebration.. The 23th Annual Nez Perce Tamkaliks Celebration & Friendship Feast will be held July 19-21, 2013 in Wallowa, Oregon.. The Tamkaliks Celebration (formerly Wallowa Band Descendants Friendship Feast & Pow Wow) is a celebration and recognition of the continuing Nez Perce presence in the Wallowa Valley.. A standing committee of the WBNPTIC, Inc.. oversees and organizes the Tamkaliks Celebration.. The 2013 Tamkaliks Committee President is Brian Conner.. He may be reached through the WBNPTIC, Inc.. office.. Read more.. Tamkaliks Scholarship.. (Taz Conner and Terry Crenshaw Memorial Scholarship).. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by the Tamkaliks  ...   the purposes of our event is to promote cultural understanding.. Download PDF Application Here.. Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa.. The 16th Annual Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa will be held October 6, 2012.. For fifteen years Wallowa Valley in Northeast Oregon has been the site, where, Nez Perce Indian Artists and neighboring Columbia Plateau Tribal Artists have gathered to share their unique inter-mountain Columbia Plateau art, representing the regions colorful First People’s culture with historically representative and contemporary pieces.. In past years, traditional beading and rawhide work have been exhibited alongside bronze sculptures, painting, wood carving, and high tech photography..

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  • Title: Wallowa Band Nez Perce History
    Descriptive info: Wallowa Band Nez Perce History.. Remembering the Past.. The band of Nez Perce Indians who made the Wallowa Valley their home traditionally gathered fish, game, and wild plants.. They followed changing seasons to headwaters of rivers and high mountains of the Wallowas in the summer and returned to deep canyons of the Snake River and its tributaries in winter.. At Walla Walla in 1855, Indians from many Northwest tribes, including almost all Nez Perce chiefs and sub-chiefs, signed a treaty leaving the Wallowas and large chunks of land in the present states of Idaho and Washington to the Nez Perce.. In 1863, with the discovery of gold and increased settler pressure, a new meeting of Nez Perce bands was convened.. The government asked the Indians to reduce their lands by almost six million acres.. Accepting a reservation approximately one-tenth of what they agreed to in 1855.. Several chiefs, including Old Chief Joseph, father of the famous Young Chief Joseph,.. Heinmot Tookyalakekt.. , walked out, and from that time on became known as ‘non-treaty' Nez Perce.. After this walkout, an Idaho Nez Perce chief named Lawyer and other chiefs were browbeaten into signing a treaty on behalf of all Nez Perce.. Government folks reported to Washington ‘the job was done.. '.. Young Chief Joseph never accepted the 1863 treaty.. He did continue to befriend Wallowa settlers and government officials.. But he also looked for a way for his people to remain in the Wallowas of Oregon.. In fact, in 1873, the government briefly decided that Wallowa lands had not been legally ceded and ordered the removal of white settlers.. Howls from settlers and Oregon politicians caused a quick reversal of that decision.. Following the defeat of Custer in 1876 a new discipline was imposed on Indians by the US Army.. Young Chief Joseph's band of Nez Perce and all others must constrain themselves to the boundaries of the 1863 reservation.. But after searching the confines of a greatly reduced territory, Young Chief Joseph found no land suitable for his people that was not already occupied.. After discussions in May 1877 General Howard incarcerated the Nez Perce spokesman, Toohoolhooltzote.. Young Chief Joseph then decided his people would have to resettle away from the reservation lands in Idaho to preserve their culture and religion.. As a result of this some dissension broke out.. Some Nez Perce preferred to settle in Lapwai to avoid retaliation by the U.. S.. government, while others prepared to travel to buffalo country or Canada for freedom.. In June 1877 near the reservation young warriors killed some white settlers.. One of the warriors was  ...   " (Josephy, 1994).. Shelter and Structures.. Historically, the Nez Perce constructed at least four unique types of structures.. The largest, and probably most important, was the longhouse.. They were large enough to house many families, and were shaped similar to an A-framed tent.. It was constructed of ridge poles and side poles that were tied together, with an opening at the apex.. The poles were covered originally with cattail or tule mats, and in later years by canvas.. The second most important structure was the very mobile tepee.. The framework was usually constructed of 10-12 poles.. Of these, three poles were tied together at the upper end to form a tripod, and the remaining poles were laid against the three, usually in odd numbers.. They were then normally covered with mats.. Sometimes the tepees were buried one to two feet, especially in winter.. Other structures common to the Nez Perce were menstrual lodges, sudatory lodges for unmarried men and sweat lodges (Spinden, 1974).. Clothing.. The traditional dress of the Nez Perce was the type used by many Sahaptin and Salish people.. The men’s dress usually consisted of moccasins, leggings, shirt, blanket, breech cloth, made of skins and furs.. Their clothing was highly decorated in a variety of ways, including fringes, beads, porcupine quills, paint and metal ornaments.. Nez Perce women usually wore moccasins, a long loose gown, a fez-shaped cap, and occasionally they wore gator-like leggings.. Normally, the women’s clothing was not as highly decorated as the clothing of men, but were made of the same materials, and decorated with similar items (Spinden, 1974).. The Nez Perce, like other Plateau peoples, were known as.. Cúupnitpeluu.. (The Emerging or The Walking Out People).. They procured their first horses between 1700-1730.. After the horse, the Nez Perce became very mobile, and were able to travel farther, especially to the buffalo country on the Plains.. They also utilized canoes for travel up and down the many rivers in their homeland.. (.. Treaties: Nez Perce Perspectives, 2003).. Hunting and Gathering.. The Nez Perce were, and still are today, avid hunters and gatherers.. They mostly hunted deer, elk, buffalo and mountain sheep, but the occasional otter, bear and beaver were also hunted.. They also fished for salmon, trout, eels, suckers and sturgeon.. The women gathered a variety of vegetal products.. Qém’es.. (camas) was the most important bulb that was gathered throughout their homelands.. Other favorite foods were.. qáaws.. (kouse),.. it’áan.. (bitterroot),.. cawíitx.. (wild carrots),.. séex.. (wild onions) and.. páasx.. (sunflower), as well as a variety of berries, such as:.. cemíitx.. (huckleberries),.. kikéeye.. (serviceberries), blackberries,.. tíms.. (choke cherries), currants and goose berries..

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  • Title: About the Center
    Descriptive info: Organizational History.. The Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center Inc.. is a partner in the Nez Perce National Historical Park.. The Wallowa site is designated traditional Lostine Campsite by the National Park Service.. In mid-1994 residents of Wallowa County, in conjunction with the dispersed Nez Perce descendants in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, organized an ad hoc Nez Perce Trail Coalition to identify how best to provide a place for the regular return of the descendants to the valley.. In this place they hoped to tell the story of the people who once resided in what is now Wallowa County.. They wanted to trace, clarify, and explain the story of the Wallowa Band Nez Perce expelled from the area in 1877.. They also wanted to welcome Nez Perce to the Wallowa community.. (also known as WBNPTIC, Inc.. and the Wallowa Nez Perce Homeland), a non-profit organization, was chartered on September 14, 1995.. Today an active group of local residents and Nez Perce people from Washington, Oregon and Idaho are working to restore a part of the Nez Perce culture in Wallowa County.. WBNPTIC enjoys strong local and regional support.. The coalition includes private citizens, representatives from business and economic development, local government, the visitor industry, historians, educators, representatives from the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the National Park Service.. The Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc.. received a strong financial boost from the  ...   Board, and many gifts from individuals and businesses.. The Rural Business Cooperative Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided funds for purchase of another 160 acres and further site development.. A stock donation was used to begin a permanent endowment fund for site management and WBNPTIC, Inc.. programs.. The fund is managed for WBNPTIC by the Oregon Community Foundation.. Progress.. Federal and private funding purchased the Wallowa Homelands site--a total of 320 acres at the edge of the Wallowa River, Wallowa, Oregon.. An initial 160 acres was purchased in September of 1997 from Norman and Mamie McCrae.. A service road, water system, and electricity were developed in the summer of 1998.. The permanent dance arbor was constructed and completed in 1999 has been used every year since.. The purchase of an additional 160 acres parcel and the creation of a one mile hiking trail to the top of the nearby Tick Hill took place in 2000.. Future plans include interpretive signs, shower facilities, a care taker residence, developed permanent campgrounds, a longhouse, and cooking facilities.. Partnership with the National Park Service will develop a high quality cultural or interpretive center to house programs and exhibits telling the Nez Perce story.. Long term goals include year-round use (i.. e.. meeting, study and recreation) by the Nez Perce people from reservations in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and people of the adjoining communities of the Wallowa Country.. The Wallowa Homeland site is the permanent home for the annual TamKaLiks Celebration..

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  • Title: Photo Gallery
    Descriptive info: Photo Gallery.. Wallowa Nez Perce Center E 2nd Street Interpretive Center, Wallowa OR.. (11).. Tamkaliks 2000.. (34).. Tamkaliks 2004.. (10).. Tamkaliks 2006.. (31).. Tamkaliks 2007.. (40).. Tamkaliks 2009.. (41).. Art in the Wallowas.. (8).. Homeland Project Projects 2009.. (5).. Homeland Project Visit and Hike June 2010.. (16).. Chief Joseph Pictures.. (1).. 2.. 5.. 8..

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  • Title: Joe McCormack's Homeland
    Descriptive info: Joe McCormack's Homeland.. "My Father used to tell us stories about the Wallowas when we.. were little children growing up on the West Plains of Spokane.. and he always used to look to the South over the mountains.. out there and tell us, that's our home.. Joe McCormack, Nez Perce.. Video by Gwendolyn Trice, © 2008 Diversity Avenue..

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  • Title: Tamkaliks Celebration
    Descriptive info: The Tamkaliks story is best told in the words of one of the original organizers, Terry Crenshaw:.. "In 1990 Taz Conner, a descendant of Old Chief Joseph,.. Tuekakas.. , was invited by the City of Wallowa to help them plan some kind of Native American festival in Wallowa.. It was decided that a friendship feast and pow wow would be the most appropriate event.. Since that time a group of ten to fifteen local volunteers have met, planned, and worked nearly year-round to conduct the event.. During the pow wow and feast about forty to fifty local people and ten to twelve Native Americans help in putting it on.. View the Tamkaliks Photo Gallery.. Our first year, 1990, we held our pow wow in the high school gym and the feast on the school grounds.. We had about fifty participants and all felt it was a great success.. By the third year we had to move to a five acre site and set up our pow wow and feast outside because it had grown too large for the gym.. In 1998 the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Pow Wow and Friendship  ...   between the former and present inhabitants of the Wallowa County.. For three days we have traditional Native American songs and dances.. The traditional wear of the dancers is spectacular.. Outside the dance area we have 25-35 concessionaires selling food, Native American crafts and other items.. Along the river the participants camp during the pow wow, many setting up teepees.. The sight of teepees along the river after many years' absence is wonderful.. On the last day of the festival we have the friendship feast.. The Native American community provides salmon, deer and elk, a local rancher provides buffalo and locals bring pot luck 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 years feast we fed over 500 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..

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  • Title: Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa
    Descriptive info: Art show, reception, silent and oral auction will be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.. m.. at the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge and is free to the public.. Saturday evening’s dinner begins at 6:00 p.. also at Wallowa Lake Lodge, featuring: fresh salmon, local grown buffalo, local grown garden favorites, with huckleberry cheese cake, and a no-host bar featuring regional wine.. We are pleased to announce this year's entertainer is Nez Perce storyteller, Carlotta Kauffman who will perform a collection of stories.. According To Coyote.. In THE BEGINNING.. there was nothing.. According to some, God said, 'Let there be light'.. According to others, there was a gigantic explosion, a big bang.. According to Coyote, the Earth was once a human being.. the creator made her out of woman.. the Creator gathered some of her flesh and rolled it into balls.. these balls became the creatures of the early world, the ancients.. but there was a difficulty with this early world.. at last the Creator sent Coyote down.. to teach all of us how to live.. was written and first performed by Carlotta's brother, John Kauffman in 1987.. Coyote is based on American Plains Indian legends of the trickster animal  ...   complications with AIDS, Carlotta brought the play back to the stage.. She has steadily performed Coyote throughout the Northwestern United States as well as special performances in Hawaii and The Seattle Children's Theater.. Coyote is a collection of John's favorite coyote stories passed down to the Kauffman children by their grandparents from their days on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.. According to Kauffman's notes, "I want people to appreciate the very outrageous character that Coyote is.. He's a hero, villain, a buffoon.. as a predecessor to man, he prepared the world for humans and taught them how to live by good and bad example.. Tickets for the evening event are $45 in advance; with limited seating it is encouraged to secure tickets early.. Advance tickets are available at the Bookloft in Enterprise, Lamb Trading Co.. in Joseph, and Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center.. For questions or reservation call: (541) 886-3101 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Dinner and lodging package are also available at Wallowa Lake Lodge; for Friday and Saturday night lodging for two includes two dinner tickets and breakfast.. For more information contact the Lodge at www.. wallowalakelodge.. com or call 541-432-9821..

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