A long and troubling wait is finally over. After two years of discussion, research and even some looks at potential new facilities, Julyamsh has a new home. That home will be the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene Friday through Sunday, July 22-24. It is always open to all people, and all people are welcomed.
Wheels are already turning to get things in line for Julyamsh, the largest outdoor powwow in the Pacific Northwest and among the largest in the nation, drawing dancers and drum groups from across the U.S. and Canada. Tribal members from all over come to watch, as do local crowds and tourists from around the world.
As many as 800 dancers and 60 drum groups have taken part in Julyamsh, representing U.S. tribes and Canadian bands from across the continent.
Julyamsh will bring scores of vendors, including food and beverage, arts and crafts, and memorabilia. Fairgrounds facilities include 83 acres of camping area, a spacious arena, staging areas and plenty of facilities for horses. Each Julyamsh session begins with a horse parade, horses and riders in full regalia.
This year’s event will be one to remember. Keep an eye out for more information as we get closer.