More than two decades ago, Northwest tribal elders set out to create a winter gathering of the region’s Plateau Tribes that moved away from the traditional competitive dances between tribes. They sought instead to educate the public about their diverse cultural legacies, and also simply to remind people of their continued existence in the same lands their ancestors have lived off of for centuries. The annual Friendship Dance is intended as a celebration of Inland Northwest tribes’ traditional songs and dances, but also honors specific groups and individuals each year. Last year, the event’s honoree was the late artist George Flett. This year, the Yamncut drum group — which has not missed this event since its inception — and one of its members, Alec Ququesah, are to be recognized.
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