WALLOWA Despite a few mishaps, including a mighty wind Friday, the 22nd annual Tamkaliks Celebration once again brought the sounds, sights and descendants of Wallowa Countys original inhabitants back home.
The celebration, held Friday through Sunday, July 21-23, and hosted by the nonprofit Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center Inc., brought 61 dancers and nine groups to Wallowa to dance, sing and socialize.
The numbers were down, but every one had a wonderful time, said Beulah Wynans, manager of the Wallowa-based center. Its like a big reunion every year, she said. Dancers I saw as little kids are now teenagers.
Wyanans added, We have so many fabulous raffle gifts this year. The community has been more generous than you can even imagine.
Tamkaliks committee secretary Nancy Crenshaw, who was there for the first Wallowa powwow, knows dancers who were children then with their own kids dancing now.
One reason there were fewer participants than some years, when dance numbers have approached 100, was a scheduling conflict with a big powwow in Idaho.
Friday a windstorm tore down the big parachute that provides shade over the dance arbor every year, but it was mended and back up by the second dance session Saturday afternoon.
Drum groups that took part in the celebration were Yaka-Vegas, Hells Canyon, Five Eagles, Spirit of the Renegade, Nimipuu Trails, Howt-Me, Heartbreakers, Lightning Creek and Umatilla Intertribal.
Memorial giveaways for Terry Brother of Eagle of Montana and longtime volunteer Star Longley and early supporter Bob Chrisman, both of Wallowa, were part of the celebration this year.
The friendship feast Sunday was very well attended, as always, with hundreds of feasters enjoying a large variety of potluck dishes as well as fresh game and 20 salmon cooked by WBNPTIC president Joe McCormack.
Following are winners of the 2012 Tamkaliks dance competition:
Dance Special Mens Traditional (all ages) 1st, William Timentwa, Lapwai, Idaho; 2nd, JT Williams, Arrow Junction, Idaho; 3rd, Silas Moses, Lapwai.
Womens Golden Age 1st, Lonnie Alexander, Cayuse; 2nd, Carla Timentwa, Lapwai; 3rd, Louise Spino Paxton, Albany.
Mens Golden Age 1st, JT Williams; 2nd, William Timentwa; 3rd, Harold Halfmoon, Kean Canyon, Ariz.
Boys Traditional, 7-12 1st, Jacob Cota, Boise; 2nd, Andrew Williams, Thornhollow; 3rd, Alex Williams, Thornhollow.
Girls Traditional, 7-12 1st, Natasha Smith, Lapwai; 2nd, Aurelia Heay, Thornhollow; 3rd, Eva Oatman, Pendleton.
Boys Traditional, 13-17 1st, Silas Moses, Lapwai; 2nd, Chico Dela Cruz, Walla Walla, Wash.; 3rd, Elija Moses, Lapwai.
Girls Traditional, 13-17 1st, Teata Oatman, Pendleton; 2nd, Sakota Allen, Lapwai; 3rd, Justine Slimjohn, Lapwai.
Fast and Fancy 1st, Gary Smith, Granger, Idaho; 2nd, Trevor Smith, Granger; 3rd, Dylan Ellis Abrahamson, Pendleton.
Fancy Shawl 1st, Sydney Moore, Brush Prairie, Wash.; 2nd, Teata Oatman, Pendleton; 3rd, Julie Gould, Lenore, Idaho.
Grass Dance 1st, Francis Dionne, Boise; 2nd, Phil Allen, Lapwai; 3rd, Juan Sotelo, Caldwell, Idaho.
Jingle Dance 1st, Bessie Blackeagle, Lapwai; 2nd, Fern Smith, Lapwai; 3rd, Sydney Moore, Brush Prairie.
Mens Traditional Adult 1st, Steve Axtell, Lapwai; 2nd, Kellen Joseph, Pendleton; 3rd, Lucas Angus, Portland.
Womens Traditional Adult 1st, Bessie Blackeagle, Lapwai; 2nd, Jackie McArthur, Lenore; 3rd, Fern Smith, Lapwai.