Annual Events

Annual Events

 

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January: Annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Celebrations

Celebrations are held in either Chiloquin, Klamath Falls, or Beatty, Oregon on New Years Eve December 31st. These events encourage family and friends to bring in the New Year without drugs and alcohol. We celebrate with Indian dancing, drumming, a free feed, door prizes, friendly games, arts and crafts, a huge raffle, and much much more.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, please call 1-800-524-9787- Ext. 170

 

March: Annual Return of C’waam Ceremony

Held each year after the first big Fish-Blanket snow in March, in Chiloquin, Oregon. Each year the c’waam (also known as the Lost River Sucker) swims up the Sprague River to spawn. Snowflakes fall at this time of year heralding the c’waam’s return. The evening sky also reveals that the fish constellation, (three stars in line making “Orion’s Belt”), begins to appear on the southwestern horizon. Our traditions state that watchmen or swaso.llalalYampgis were placed along the riverbanks to see exactly when the fish would return. The head “shaman” would then give thanks for their return to the Indian people. The last known shaman to perform the ceremony was Lee Snipes – Captain Sky, perhaps in the early 30′s. Now, the Tribe has chosen individual Tribal members. along with our Tribal Elders and the Cultural and Heritage Department, to continuing this traditional ceremony. By continuing this ceremony the Klamath Tribes are ensuring the survival of both a species and our Tribal traditions.

We celebrate each year with traditional dancing and drumming, a traditional feed, releasing of a pair of c’waam into the river, and other ceremonial practices. The c’waam are provided by the Tribes own aquatic research center. Everyone is Welcome! Exact date for the celebration is contingent upon mother nature.

For more information contact: Culture and Heritage Dept. at 1-800-524-9787 ext. 159 or ext. 147.

 

March: Peak-to-Peak World Championship Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament

Annual All-Indian Peak-to-Peak World Championship Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tourney: Held for the past 5 decades in Chiloquin, Oregon, this traditional tournament host’s teams from around the United States and Canada. 16 Men and Women’s teams are invited to take part in friendly competition through the sport of basketball.

2009 we celebrated our 56th Year of the tournament.

For more information contact Lil’ Lou Millwe at (541) 281-2901 or email loumiller@hotmail.com.

 

August: Klamath Tribes 26th Annual Restoration Celebration

Held each year on the fourth weekend in August. This annual event marks the anniversary of the Restoration of the Klamath Tribes, which includes; the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Bands of the Snake Indians.

In 1954 the Klamath Tribes were terminated. But after many years of struggling, hard work and determination, the Tribes regained federal recognition by an act of Congress, Public Law 99-398. With restoration in 1986 the Tribes began to develop a full scope of programs which provide necessary services to Tribal members and the community. Today the Tribes operate with a budget of over $12 million annually, with over 30 different departments and services offered.

We now celebrate our Restoration each year by hosting a huge celebration. In 2012 we will have:

  • Fun Run/Walk
  • Powwow
  • Parade
  • Youth Rodeo
  • Vendors…and much, much, more!

Everyone is invited to attend our 26th Annual Celebration, August 24-26, 2012!

For more information call 1-800-524-9787 ext. 147.

 

Each year several Drums from around the Nation Gather at the Klamath Tribes Annual Restoration Celebration

Drums have included

  • White Eagle, from Seattle, WA.,
  • Star Society from Browning, Montana,
  • Southern Cree from Box Elder, Montana,
  • Rio Grande from New Mexico,
  • Northern Eagle from Chico California,
  • Screamin Eagle from Klamath Falls, and
  • Steiger Butte, Wocus Bay
  • Bear Guts of Chiloquin, Oregon, just to name a few

Drums and dancers vary throughout the years, however the drumming and dancing always remains Spectacular!

Come Join the FUN!!!

For more information Call 1-800-524-9787- Ext. 147.

For hotels, directions, and other area attractions see www.discoverklamath.com.