Tamstslikt to host double book signing

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PENDLETON -- There will be a book signing for two newly published books from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331.

The authors of "Pendleton Round-Up at 100:Oregon's Legendary Rodeo," Ann Terry Hill and Michael Bales, incorporated about 900 vintage photographs, many never before published, in the 60,000 word narrative, easily qualifying the book as the most lavishly illustrated, comprehensive history of the Pendleton Round-Up ever assembled.

Hill was queen of the Pendleton Round-Up court in 1957. Her great-aunt, Iva Hill, was a princess of the Round-Up court in 1910 and 1911. Co-author Bales is helping plan a Round-Up exhibit for the Oregon Historical Society that will open in March 2010 at the society's Portland museum for a four-month exhibition.

Some prominent tribal photo subjects of the book will be on hand to autograph their photos as well. The limited-quantity hardbound edition is $50, and the soft cover book is $29.95.

Ron Pond, PhD., a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will share historic photos and introduce his new book, "The Jefferson Peace Medals: A Cultural Phenomenon Passed Down from Generation to Generation in Walla Walla Culture, c. 1805-1986."

Pond's research project began when a Jefferson peace medal was found in the possession of a Walla Walla chief living on the Umatilla reservation. It was an original peace medal issued by Lewis and Clark to Walla Walla Chief Yellepit in 1805. Since that time, the peace medal was passed from chief to chief until it appeared on the Umatilla reservation in the 1970s under the care of Walla Walla Chief Clarence Burke.

The peace medal followed the Walla Walla people from their ancient homeland along the mid-Columbia River area, to the Umatilla reservation, where it was stolen and disappeared some time in 1986. To date, the medal has not been recovered.

The soft cover book costs $40.

For more information, call 541-966-1913.

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