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Chief Joseph Days has been celebrated on the last full weekend of July for the past 74 years. Surrounded by one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon–the Wallowa Mountains–the little town of Joseph swells during Chief Joseph Days, welcoming more than 10,000 visitors over the six day celebration and PRCA sanctioned rodeo. With the Grand Parade down Main Street, the Nez Perce Friendship Feast, and music and dancing after the rodeo, this special 75 year old rodeo is one for the bucket list.
Every year in July, the Nez Perce Homeland becomes a place of reunion for descendants of the original inhabitants of Wal’waama, also known as Wallowa Country. Tamkaliks, as it is known, always takes place the weekend before Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Participants enjoy three days of dancing and drumming, culminating in a Walasit Service and Friendship feast when descendants, locals, and visitors attend together. Learn more at chiefjosephdays.com.