50th Pi-Ume-Sha in Warm Springs
The 50th Annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days Pow Wow kicks off on Friday in Warm Springs, with grand entries beginning at 7 p.m., kicking off a weekend packed with activities and events.
Lasting for three days, June 28-30, the Pi-Ume-Sha features dance competitions, a rodeo, tribal vendors and grand entries, and celebrates of the signing of the treaty that established the Warm Springs Reservation in 1855, four years before Oregon became a state.
The pow wow is free to attend and visitors and locals alike have multiple chances to catch grand entries, which will also held on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. Attendees can witness a parade of all the dancers at the event during grand entries on the fields near the Community Center in Warm Springs. Also staged near the Community Center, Pi-Ume-Sha features a traditional dress parade with floats as well as entrants who ride horseback in full regalia. The horse parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the traditional parade starts at 11:15 a.m.
The rodeo, including bull and bronc riding, several different roping events, barrel racing and steer wrestling, is held Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., at the rodeo grounds just north of Warm Springs, on the road to Kah-Nee-Ta. There are also youth rodeo events including sheep and calf riding, PeeWee barrels and Jr/Sr wild horse racing. The rodeo $5 per adult and senior citizens as well children 6 years of age and under get in free.
The list of Pi-Ume-Sha events goes on with activities such as a fun run, boxing, and softball games. There will also be a variety of food vendors on the grounds to choose from. Attendees can try fry bread with jam for a sweeter treat or go for Indian tacos for a more filling bite.
Guests can also visit the Museum at Warm Springs during the event and check out the new exhibit titled "Resilience: The Boarding School Experiences of Warm Springs and Beyond."