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2019 Chief Lookingglass Pow Wow

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Join us for the 43rd Annual Chief Lookingglass Pow Wow on August 16-18, 2019 at the Wa-A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah, Idaho. This three-day Chief Lookingglass Pow Wow features traditional dancing, drumming, food, memorials, and name-giving ceremonies with all ages—birth to elderly—participating. Powwows are a way of gathering to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. This is a time to renew American Indian culture and preserve rich heritage.

Chief Lookingglass Powwow

Tents, teepees and trailers will surround the powwow’s dance arena. Vendors, dancers, singers and spectators will come from many tribes and many parts of the United States and Canada to be in Kamiah among friends and families. Persons from throughout the region come to watch the dances, listen to drumming and learn about American Indian traditions. All events take place in and around the Nez Perce Tribe’s Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah.

The event is named for the Nez Perce military leader Looking Glass (Allalimya Takanin, born c. 1832- d. 1877). He was a principle Nez Perce architect of many of the military strategies employed by the Nez Perce during the Nez Perce War of 1877. He, along with Chief Joseph, directed the 1877 retreat from eastern Oregon into Montana and onward toward the Canadian border during the Nez Perce War. He inherited his name from his father, the prominent Nez Perce chief Apash Wyakaikt (“Flint Necklace”) or Ippakness Wayhayken (“Looking Glass Around Neck”) and was therefore called by the whites Looking Glass.

Wa-A’Yas Community Center
Idaho Street
Kamiah, Idaho 83536
Nez Perce Tribe Website

For More Information
Memorials: Angela Broncheau 208-935-5349
Royalty: Tana Wheeler Numez 208-305-0475
Concessions & Raffle: Nancy Wheeler 208-790-0262
Nez Perce Tribe: Call 208-843-2253; Email

Chief Lookingglass Pow Wow Mini Gallery