lillies at the Centennial Marsh in Fairfield, Idaho.
FAIRFIELD On May 17, a tribal group of harvesters went
and gathered Kamas at the Centennial Marsh, Fairfield.
Shoshone-Bannock Language and Cultural Preservation manager
Darrell Shay said enough of the Kamas was harvested they are able
to serve the food at some of the cultural events. There were other
folks from the Tribe who also went on their own throughout the last
two weeks since then.
On Saturday, May 21, the LCPD had a gathering that included
the 19 mile relay run and a 6 mile walk. Unfortunately they were
not able to field a relay run so they just had the 6-mile walk.
There were 15 walkers and 1 runner, who ran the 6 mile course. Upon
finish at the Centennial Marsh Campground, a luncheon of buffalo
meat, salads, fruit and drinks was served. They did a limited history
presentation on the Kamas Prairie and our tribal history.
On Sunday, June 5, the second part of the gathering was held.
Shay said the reason there were two separate events was they were
initially invited to perform at the Lily Day Festival that was over
the weekend. If we came to harvest the Kamas at this time
we would have been too late. Therefore we held our gathering ceremonies
on Saturday, May 21, and that is where we gathered the food plants
and did the run.
Shay said they did this weekends performance to fulfill
the Lily Day invitation, and made good inroads with all those folks
to understand the Tribes belonging to the Kamas Prairie.
There were six dancers, a drum group and MC for the event. There
were visiting regional folks participating from the towns of Fairfield,
Hailey, Cary, Jerome, Ketchum, Gooding and Wendell. Shay said they
had numerous spectators praise the dancers and singers. The event
was well received and the area wants a bigger event next year. Our
hope is to one day have a huge dance gathering, he said.
He added the prairie technically still belongs to the Shoshone
and Bannock people as it was one of the two regions Chief Taghee
claimed and reserved for a reservation under the Fort Bridger Treaty,
but the typist for the federal government typed the cursive written
document and misspelled it as Kansas prairie, thus it
never got reserved as our reservation.
Shay said the staff and other volunteers did an excellent job
in making the return to the Kamas Prairie Gathering for 2016 a huge