Nez Perce Tribe to Host Cultural Event in McCall

McCall, Idaho- On June 21, 2019, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) will host a cultural event at Legacy and Depot Park in the city of McCall from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (MST). The event, titled Capáaya Qéelewit (tsa-pie-ya ka-lau-wit), meaning “soon reunion, a coming together of people”, will include a salmon bake, singing, dancing, a raffle for a “Weekend in McCall” package, and more. 


There is no fee to attend the event and it is open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the meal.  All the donations and proceeds from the meal and raffle will go to the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit 35-acre sanctuary located near McCall. 


There will be vendors on site selling authentic handmade Nez Perce items. The Tribe will also have informational booths for the various tribal departments and programs, explaining the work they do throughout the region. 


“This is an area treasured by many, including the Nez Perce people. The region is part of the aboriginal homeland of the Nez Perce people where Tribal members regularly exercise their Treaty-reserved rights through hunting, fishing, and gathering,” stated Shannon F. Wheeler, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. “The Tribe is excited to host what we hope will be an annual event so that we may come together to enjoy and share what we have in common with each other,” concluded Chairman Wheeler.