Tamkaliks is a three-day celebration of the continuing Nez Perce presence in the Wallowa Valley and traditional Native American culture. It is also a place and time where local people can observe and learn about that culture and a bridge of friendship between the former and present inhabitants of the Wallowa County.
What can you expect? Traditional Native American songs and dances, and the dancers are in spectacular traditional clothing. There will be about 30 concessionaires selling food, Native American crafts and other items. Along the river, participants camp during the pow wow, many setting up teepees. On the last day of the festival is a friendship feast. The Native American community provides salmon, deer and elk 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.