The Annual Tamkaliks Rummage Sale and (Buffalo) Chili and Frybread Feed saw a steady stream of visitors last weekend and raised $1,200 toward two $500 Tamkaliks scholarships: the Taz Conner and Terry Crenshaw Memorial.
The fundraising amount was “about average, perhaps a bit more” for the event and considered a great success, said Mary Hawkins, office manager for Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center. “We have a fabulous core group of volunteers. We are very grateful to them.”
The scholarships are made to one Native American and one county graduate preparing to enter a college full-time for the 2018 fall term.
Presentations of the awards are made at the Tamkaliks Celebration powwow and friendship feast in July at Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland center just outside Wallowa.
Both native and local county graduates must answer questions about cultural experiences. Natives explain how they benefit from participation in Native American cultural events, and local graduates explain what it means to them to be living in the traditional homeland of Chief Joseph.
Sierra Rose of Wallowa won one of last year’s scholarships.
The 28th Annual Tamkaliks Celebration powwow and friendship feast is July 20-22 in Wallowa.
Two other scholarships for Native Americans are funded by the friends and family of Duane Heglie and the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. Those scholarships are also presented at Tamkaliks.