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Celebration mingled with remembrance

When the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest begins tonight in Post Falls, participants will feel the absence of two substantial figures of the annual gathering.

Clifford SiJohn, a Coeur d’Alene Tribe elder and storyteller who helped keep tribal customs and culture alive, died last Christmas Eve at age 67. His cousin, Spokane Tribe member and nationally known artist George Flett, died Jan. 30 at age 66.

SiJohn and Flett were closely involved in presenting Julyamsh, the three-day powwow hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. It runs through Sunday at Greyhound Park on the west end of Post Falls. Read more. Scott Maben, SR

Have you been to Julyamsh?

Julyamsh Kicks Off Friday Evening

Dion Smith of Lapwai, Idaho rides his horse, Mioxat, onto the grass dance circle during the horse parade at 2011 Julyamsh, the annual celebration of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at the Greyhound Park. The annual Julyamsh will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with another horse parade. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo)

Julyamsh is more than a powwow. It’s a celebration of American Indian culture – dancing, music and art. This year’s powwow features plenty of music and dancing. It also will feature the Painted Faces art show and auction, including works by some of the region’s best-known Indian artists. The works will be on exhibit at the Greyhound Park and Events Center in Post Falls before the auction, at 4 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever attended the Julyamsh? Impression?

Julyamsh Kicks Off Today

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts an album of photos from last year’s Julyamsh celebration by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls, including the one above. Julyamsh begins today. Chief Allan welcomes us to Julyamsh here.

Question: Have you ever attended Julyamsh?