Sunday, January 10, 2010

201o Yakama Native American Celebrations. (videos)

Have a passion for history? The Yakama Native Americans have preserved rich cultural traditions. In June11-13 2010, a celebration the signing of the Treaty of 1855, will take place in White Swan, WA, just outside of Toppenish. The Yakima Nation will be celebrating the 156th year of the signing of the Yakama Nation Treaty during Yakama Nation Treaty Days Pow Wow, June 11-13 2010. The All-Indian Rodeo takes place in the nearby town of White Swan, WA.

The treaty was signed at Camp Steven in Walla-Walla between then governor Isaac I. Stevens, the superintendent of Indian Affairs and the confederated tribes and bands consolidated under the name "Yakama". These tribes consist of the Yakama, Palouse, Pisquouse, Wenatshapam, Klikatat, Klinquit, Kow-was-say-ee, Li-ay-was, Skin-pah, Wish-ham, Shyiks, Ochechotes, Kah-milt-pay, and Se-ap-cat.

The celebration includes a salmon feed, traditional stick games and an all Native American Rodeo, a sample of the bull riding event can be seen in the video below:

This is also a time for the Nations and Confederated Tribes to gather together for Pow-Wow. Men, women and children participate in numerous traditional Native American dances. The video below show women participating in the traditional dances, men also dance, although they dance separately.

Sources:Treaty/Tribes info.-CRITFC Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission