Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Wallowa County, Or.) 1943-current, June 26, 2019, Page A10, Image 10

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Wallowa County Chieftain
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
By Ellen Morris Bishop
Wallowa County Chieftain
More than 100 people
from Wallowa County and
beyond celebrated the com-
pletion and installation of
a new statue at the Jose-
phy Center for Arts and Cul-
ture on Saturday June 22.
‘etweyé·wise, which means
“I return from a diffi cult jour-
ney” now has taken its right-
ful place in the front court-
yard of the Josephy Center.
It was more than an
unveiling. It marked one
more step in the Chief
Joseph Band, the walama’s,
homecoming journey. Nez
Perce elders who are descen-
dants of the walama band
journeyed from the Lap-
wai, Idaho, Colville, Wash-
ington, and Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla Reser-
vations to participate in cer-
emonies to honor and con-
secrate the work. Nez Perce
Nation Drum and a Drum
from Umatilla participated
in the ceremony, includ-
ing presenting a long-lost
walama band song known as
the Chief Joseph War Song.
Barbara Rounsavell, the
1952 Chief Joseph Days
Photos by Ellen Morris Bishop
More than 100 people gathered for the unveiling of Doug Hyde’s statue ‘etweyé·wise (I return
from a diffi cult journey) at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.
Rodeo queen, presented an
unexpected gift to Ferris Pai-
sano III, member of the Nez
Perce Tribal Executive Com-
mittee — a stone mortar tool,
found along the Snake River,
that had been in her fam-
ily for many years. It was a
moving moment for all.
Bobbie Connor, former
chair of the Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla whose
heritage includes walama
Nez Perce, delivered a mov-
ing tribute to the artwork, and
its meaning. “This is a won-
derful work of art,” she said.
“It was done in the right way.
Our art was always carefully
and lovingly crafted, like
this is. To make art, often we
had to take a life, whether
that was a deer for its skin,
or mussels for their shells,
or a basket woven of reeds
which required us to remove
the plants and their roots
in the earth. And so art had
to honor that life. Doing it
the right way is the way we
have made all things.” Con-
nor went on to thank sculp-
tor Doug Hyde for choosing
a woman as his subject. “We
are really appreciative that
he chose a woman. In our
culture, we all share respon-
sibility equally.” Finally,
Connor noted that the land
Sculptor Doug Hyde (right) waits for the installation ceremony
to begin with Ferris Paisano III, member of the Nez Perce Tribal
Executive Committee. Paisano accepted the mortar from
Barbara Rounsavell on behalf of the Tribe. The ‘etweyé·wise
sculpture stands behind them.
itself was grateful for this
presence of the walama,
today and in the future. “It
is not a place we visit,” she
said. “It calls us. It acknowl-
edges our presence. The land
is happy that we are here.”
The artwork, by renowned
Native American artist Doug
Hyde, is the only work by
a Native American artist in
Joseph’s pantheon of bronze
statues—several of which
depict the Nez Perce, includ-
ing Chief Joseph. The new
work’s name means “I return
from a diffi cult journey.”
The sculpture is a life-sized
bronze of a Nez Perce woman
who is walking back to the
Wallowa homeland where
she belongs—depicted by a
slab of colorful granite with
an outline of the woman and
the profi le of the Wallowa
Mountains on the top.
Broncs and Bulls: Oregon bronc-buster Gabe McKay takes home the money
Continued from Page A1
The next three riders, Cole Biggers
of Sweet, Idaho, Caden McCarthy of
Bridger, Montana, and Mike McBeth
of Prineville, Oregon tied for second,
third, and fourth, each with a score of
151 points for two rides, and headed
home with more than just gas-money in
their pockets—a check for $1160 each.
Riley Warnock of Imnaha was the
only local hand. He rode his big black
bronc well, but came up short of 8 sec-
onds when the horse headed for and
slammed into the fence about 7.4 sec-
onds into his ride. Reigning world cham-
pion Chase Thrall of Kermit, Texas,
notched a score of 149.5 points on two
disappointing rides without much kick.
On his last go-round, Thrall fanned his
horse with his big 10 (maybe 20)-gallon
hat in frustration after the eight-second
buzzer sounded. The horse took that
seriously, and Thrall had to be helped
out of the arena.
The bulls dominated the bull riders.
Only one bull rider, Justin Ketzenburg
of Yakima, Washington, hung on for the
requisite eight seconds. And he did the
deed twice, riding both his fi rst go-round
bull and the championship round bull
with commanding performances.
The “hundred dollars the hard way”
event usually attracts a crowd. This
year only four contestants were willing
to pluck the money—a strip of orange
fl agging instead of the usual Ben Frank-
lin-under-a-rubber-band—from a rodeo
bull’s horn. Two were men. Two were
women. The bull did his part by toss-
ing each of the men into the air when
they reached for the fl agging. The sec-
ond contestant’s attempt to snatch the
prize from the bull’s horn loosened the
ribbon. It fl ew off, landed in the dirt, and
was snagged in a dramatic diving catch
by one of the women. “Now isn’t that
just like life,” the announcer quipped.
“Men do the work and the women take
the money…..”
All and all it was the best Mountain
High Broncs and Bulls yet. You can
catch it on The Cowboy Channel, a divi-
sion of RFD TV, on Direct TV Channel
603, later this year. For schedules and
other programs, go to thecowboychan-
Photos by Ellen Morris Bishop
A bull rider lands in a bad spot during the fi rst go-round.
Juntura, Oregon, cowboy Gabe McKay scored a 76.5 aboard this bronc. McKay took
the silver spurs and top prize money, winning the ranch saddle bronc event.
4th of July
Parade at 11 am
(Parade Entries sign up or call
City Hall by noon July 3rd)
BBQ 12:00
at Fire Hall
Hosted by Christian Church
Hotdog Meal - $5 • Hamburger Meal $7
Dbl Hamburger Meal $8
Pie by the slice - FFA
Wallowa 4th of July Parade
11:00 am 7/4/19
(Be at Cougar field by 10:15 am!)
Parade Entry
State: Zip:
Child 12 & Under
(Select as many as needed)
Walking Unit
Motor Bike
Number in group
The David Gregory team from St Paul, Oregon, wrestle with
their bronc in the wild horse race.
While supplies last.
Sale ends July 31st, 2019
Homepointe® 16 in.
Oscillating Stand Fan
W 164 550 1
Please explain for Announcer
Music by “No Boundaries”
Vendors Welcome
Info Call Wallowa City Hall
at 541-886-2422
Drop off entry form at Wallowa City Hall by
noon 7/3/19, or mail to: “Parade Entry”
PO Box 487. Wallowa, OR 97885.
Questions call 541-886-2422
fax 541-886-4215