There's the lovely Travel Guide to Oregon Indian Country, a beautiful travel guide put together by Travel Oregon and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. But here in the Wallowa Country, we think that one tribe is missing from this publication. The Nez Perce tribe is a federally recognized tribe in Idaho but not Oregon. Yet, there is much Nez Perce history and influence in this northeastern corner of the state.
The Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce call this area home. Visit here in Wallowa County, especially during summer, and you can learn a lot more about the Nez Perce.
The Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, located in Wallowa, is open weekdays in summer. Hours are Monday through Friday (except Thursday) 11 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, hours are noon to 4 pm. Or you can give them a call at 541-886-3101 to schedule an appointment.
The next to last full weekend in July marks the Tamkaliks celebration--a homecoming of Nez Perce. Dancing, feasting, meeting people--it's great fun and full of pageantry.
October 1, 2011, will be the 15th Annual Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa event held at the Wallowa Lake Lodge (Wallowa Lake hotel). If you can't make it during the summer, plan your Joseph Oregon vacation for late September/early October and take part in this wonderful event.
A very interesting video narrated by Joe McCormack is available here. This eight-minute video talks about the Nez Perce in today's Wallowa County. Take the time to watch it and learn more about this important tribe in Oregon.
And if you're looking for an educational Joseph Oregon vacation, start with this website. Then plan your stay with us at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast--we're happy to direct you to local places of Nez Perce significance.