We took this trip to Wallowa (wa ‘la wa) in July because TheWeeOne wanted to meet an Nez Perce indian friend just like her American Girl doll named Kaya (whom she brought in complete pow-wow regalia).
I’m not sure she met with what she expected at this event;
I thought there’d just be lotsa teepees.
…but the weekend proved to be anything but lacking.
We did see, hear, and experience a fair amount of authenticity.
This image is taken from a short video presented on my Instagram account, where you can also listen.
The costumes, singing, and dancing were definitely a high point and a focus of the weekend.
They clearly took their rituals VERY seriously.
The grounds, where the majority of events took place, was well designed…
…and the view out of the south entryway was amazing at sundown – especially so with the teepees on the river.
A horse parade happened one morning, recognizing several individuals who had followed a traditional path to the encampment from Pendleton, on horseback.
TheWeeOne even got a very brief encounter with two of the performers her age.
And the rest of the weekend was spent either driving to and fro…
…or walking on water, near the cabin we reserved, just outside of Joseph.
It was a great little place called Trouthaven. The sunset on the hills even reflected gold in the water
(NO retouching here)
And we even saw some hard-to-find wildlife.
TheMermaids, ever the chameleons, went a little native themselves in a very short time.