(July 19-23, 2023)
800 breathtakingly beautiful, unforgettable miles.
Our inaugural Rally will take place over 4 days in Lewiston, Idaho, covering approximately 800 miles of driving. The Clearwater River Lodge will act as our home base, with Lewiston’s surrounding topography and roads providing a dynamic mix of rich scenery, history, and wildlife.
Each day will present a curated experience, blending unforgettable drives, exquisite dining and historical examination of the Nez Perce Native American tribe, their interactions with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, in addition to deep dives into the local geology. Several speakers from the Nez Perce tribe, as well as a geological expert on the Palouse Region, will provide participants with a rich perspective into the land and its historic past. We will also be participating in local activities with the Nez Perce. Other events will include wine tasting at a local vineyard and rafting the Snake River as it flows through Hells Canyon.
Rally attendees will be assigned to drive groups for each day’s drive.
Schedule of EventS
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
- 3:30-5pm: Arrive at Clearwater River Casino and Lodge for registration
- 5:30pm: Welcome reception, dinner and rally overview
- 6-7:30pm: Welcome Ceremony by Nez Perce Tourism
Join Nez Perce Tourism as we weave together a celebration of cultural foods, song, and dance offering an exclusive experience that flows together like the currents in the river.
Meet your host Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) host drum who prides themselves in knowing the old Nimiipuu songs as well as composing new songs for contemporary use at powwows and music/performance competitions. Their first song will be the Nimiipuu Flag to honor our ancestors who have traveled before us. Next is a circle dance song, this will give all participants a chance to interact with one another and meet Nimiipuu (Nez Perce people).
Become immersed in the song and dance of our people and witness a performance from 5 traditional dancers and full explanation of each origin style.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Morning Rally: Drive Hwy 12, MP 162 from Clearwater River Lodge to Lochsa Lodge
Afternoon Lunch & Presentation: Lunch at Lochsa Lodge, Nez Perce presentation at the Heart of the Monster
Evening: Reception, Dinner at CRC, Lewis & Clark/Nez Perce Presentation (Geology)
The evening will also offer engagement with co-authors Allen Pinkham Sr. and Steven R. Evans of Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce. Allen Pinkham Sr. is a Nez Perce tribal member and tribal historian who is also co-author of “Salmon And His People.” Dr. Steven R. Evans was raised in and around Native peoples with a PhD from WSU and married into the Nez Perce Tribe. He is also the author of “Voice of the Old Wolf.”
Friday, July 21, 2023
Day Rally: Go to the Nez Perce National Park, Hwy 95, Spalding for one-hour, movie screening, Nez Perce guide for rest of the museum. Drive the White Bird Highway, Old 95 at MP 230, going south.
Lunch: The Seven Devils Saloon in Riggins, ID. White Bird battlefield at WB grade on 95, North of White Bird on the way back after lunch, then Old White Bird road at MP 231 going north
Evening: Nez Perce entertainment after reception: 5:45pm performance, 6:30pm, tribal dinner, at CRC
This evening engagement will demonstrate the cultural values of Nimiipuu, we will share live history, celebration and entertainment allowing for question and answer segments. Each style of dance will be thoroughly demonstrated and explained in their entirety. Here an awards ceremony for the three categories along with a gift will be given for miy oxat (leader), i’iceyeye (coyote), and titwatit (storyteller).
Saturday, July 22, 2023
7:20am: Bus Transportation from CRC to the Snake River for the “Hear the Echoes of Our Ancestors” Jet Boat Tour
Join Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) guide(s) on a 3-hour jet boat trip up the Snake River in Nimiipuu homeland. Experience the places our ancestors call home and learn the importance of “Tsceminicum” (She-mi-ni-cum) where the waters meet. Gain insight into the power place of Nimiipuu, learn the teachings of why our waters are sacred. Nimiipuu guides will help you envision the prominent villages. Hear legends of our people and visit the ancient messages they left for us in the petroglyphs along the rocks of Buffalo Eddy. Allow the rich history and culture of Nimiipuu to awaken your soul. This tour is designed to be educational and transformational as the sacred landscape and voices of our ancestors echo through your visit.
- Experience ancient oral legends of Nimiipuu guides
- Understand the connection of Tsceminicum and sacred water
- See where historical Nimiipuu encampments were located
- Board your jet boat from the Confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers
- Visit Nimiipuu petroglyphs
- Encounter wildlife
- Capture monumental photos
1pm: Lunch at the Rivaura Estate Vineyard
Afternoon: You may choose to either drive the Rattlesnake Pass, or hop on the coach for the Wine Tour:
- Either, Rally to Rattlesnake Pass Hwy 129/3 facilities at Field Springs State park, turnaround just south of Flora at Viewpoint on the left (east), we provide refreshments at viewpoint, or History and Wine Tour
- Or, leave on the coach for a fun wine tour!
Sunday, July 23, 2023
- AM: Depart for Home