Countdown to the 75th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo with pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman

By Katy Nesbitt and Haley J. Bridwell
for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Photography by Angelika Ursula Dietrich

The 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman are familiar faces at the Harley Tucker Arena – two men skilled at handling livestock inside and outside the arena.

A reunion of tradition, pride, and friendship – The Nez Perce Encampment Pavilion

Every year in July, the Nez Perce Homeland becomes a place of reunion for descendants of the original inhabitants of Wal’waama, also known as Wallowa Country. At Tamkaliks, participants enjoy three days of dancing and drumming, culminating in a walasit service and Friendship feast when descendants, locals, and visitors attend together.

Up Close & Personal with Chief Joseph Days Stage Coach (2018)

By Wild Horses and Katy Nesbitt

Built-in Concord, New Hampshire, Wallowa County founding father Frank McCully bought the stagecoach in 1886 and ran a stage line from Elgin to Joseph until 1908

Now in its 73rd yearthe Chief Joseph Days Rodeo is an indelible northeast Oregon tradition. For most of those years, a red 19th century stagecoach with bright, yellow wheels has been a big part of that tradition.