Community, Summer Guide, Festival


When: July 21-23 2017

Drummers, dancers, tribal artists and a bevy of food vendors are back at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds this summer for Julyamsh, the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest. With $120,000 in cash prizes to be awarded to participants in various categories, hundreds of dancers and drummers are expected to come from across the country and Canada to compete. The host drum will be Bull Horn from the Blood Tribe, and Quanah Matheson, culture director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, returns as the master of ceremonies. For the thousands of expected attendees, main attractions are the parade, with horses and riders in full regalia, along with the grand entries and dancing contests featuring styles and songs from Native cultures across the continent. If you’ve never been to this summer tradition before, head to the event website for an overview of powwow dance styles and their significance, proper etiquette, historical photos and more.

Fri, July 21 and Sat, July 22; grand entries at 1 and 7 pm • $10; kids 10 and under free • Kootenai County Fairgrounds • 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene •

Brad Brown

Price: $10; kids 12 and under free