Chief Joseph Days action goes through weekend

In this file art from a previous Chief Joseph Days parade in Josph, Ore., a Nez Perce woman waves to onlookers on Main Street.

In this file art from a previous Chief Joseph Days parade in Josph, Ore., a Nez Perce woman waves to onlookers on Main Street. Courtesy photo

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JOSEPH, Ore. — “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever,” were the famous words spoken by Chief Joseph, who was the leader of the Wallowa Valley band of Nez Percé Indians in Northeastern Oregon, when he surrendered after a long pursuit by the U.S. Army.

The surrender came just 30 miles south of the Canadian border in what became known as the Nez Percé War of 1877.

Today the small, scenic town of Joseph in Oregon’s Wallowa County honors the great man during Chief Joseph Days, a five-day event that concludes this weekend with a rodeo, parade and dancing.

For those who are interested in Nez Percé history, the annual event offers visitors a chance to experience authentic Nez Percé culture with a friendship feast and traditional dance contest, held on Saturday at the Encampment Pavilion.

The Nez Percé invite everyone to share in the salmon and buffalo they provide, asking guests to bring a potluck dish to contribute to the feast.

The Nez Percé are featured in Saturday morning’s Grand Parade down Main Street, showcasing traditional dress.

Rodeo action takes place Friday and Saturday at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena.

The Chief Joseph Days Rodeo has been named one of the top small outdoor rodeos in the country.

Following is a schedule of Friday, Saturday and Sunday events

Friday:

5:30 a.m. — American Legion breakfast begins

7 a.m. — Golf tournament signup at Alpine Meadows Golf Course, Enterprise, Ore.

10 a.m. — Kiddie parade down Main Street

2 p.m. — Rodeo slack events

7 p.m. — Rodeo action

Dance to DJ Music and 3D Productions after the rodeo at the Thunder Room

9 p.m. — Teen dance at Joseph Community Center with Full Tilt Audio — cover $5

Saturday:

Early a.m. — Shrine breakfast at the rodeo grounds begins

10 a.m. — Grand parade on Main Street

12 p.m. — Friendship Feast at the Encampment Pavilion

2:30 p.m. — Rodeo slack events

3 p.m. — Traditional Indian dance contest at the Encampment Pavilion

7 p.m. — Rodeo action

Dance to DJ Music and 3D Productions after the rodeo at the Thunder Room

9 p.m. — Teen dance at Joseph Community Center with Full Tilt Audio — cover $5

11 p.m. — Cowboy breakfast begins and continues throughout the night

Sunday:

9 a.m. — Cowboy Church Service at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena, sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

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