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Clearwater Valley News: Chief Lookingglass Powwow is this weekend


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— When the rain started on Saturday afternoon, I left my pickles in the canner and ran out onto the driveway and danced. I think the long hot spell has made a lot of us a little crazy! Great to have some relief from the blistering heat.

If you want to see some great traditional dancing, check out the 41st annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow this weekend Aug. 18-20. American Indian dancers wearing colorful regalia will dance throughout the weekend. In addition to the Nez Perce Tribe, members of other tribes will participate in this three-day event of dancing, singing, drumming, eating and sporting events. Check out the Chief Lookingglass powwow Facebook page for details. The event is based at the Wa-a’Yas community center in Kamiah.

The Old Time Fiddlers are camping at the Lewis and Clark KOA campground on Highway 12 Aug. 18-20 for a weekend of music and friendship. Anyone who plays an acoustic stringed instrument or enjoys old-time music is welcome to play or listen. Jam sessions happen throughout the weekend beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night. You can come for the evening or the day. If you want to reserve a campsite, call 208-935-2556.

The Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) Tribe has a long history with horses, especially, the Appaloosa horse. Lolo Pass Visitor Center continues their series on the Nez Perce Trail with an interpretive program called “The Appaloosa Horse” on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club and tribal members, Jon and Rosa Yearout will be at the visitors center from 10 2 p.m to share the tradition of horses in the Nez Perce culture. The Yearouts operate a horse ranch near Lapwai. Children are welcome to attend. Any questions, call the Lolo Pass Visitor Center at 208-942-3113.

The 81st annual Barbecue Days are coming up Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3. As always, there will be a free barbeque dinner on Saturday night, followed by a street dance with live music played by Kicktoy, a Lewiston-based classic rock band. Many events take place over the weekend including an art show, arts and crafts show, quilt show, car show, 5 kilometer run, spaghetti feed, parade, karaoke and basketball shoot. This event began in 1936 when a group of community-minded merchants began cooking a free barbeque dinner as a way to thank people for supporting their businesses throughout the year. The theme is “Kamiah, Idaho… A great place to live, work and play”. The event is a celebration of the town. To see a complete listing of events, check out for entry forms for the parade and vendors. This event draws thousands of people throughout the weekend, so the chamber of commerce folks could use some volunteers to help with the auction, beer garden and other events. Call the Welcome Center at 208-935-2290. Volunteering is a great way to have a place at the event.

The Central Idaho Quilters Guild is sponsoring their 23rd annual quilt show, in conjunction with Barbecue Days. They welcome people to enter one or more quilts or other quilted items that they have not previously shown. There is an antique quilt category for quilts (not people) that are at least 60 years old. You can pick up an entry form at Kamiah Community Library or Freedom Northwest Credit Union or download one from Call or email Sandie Daeges at 208-926-4225 or Arlene Thomas at 208-935-7584,


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