MISSION — The Children’s Root Feast returned to the Mission Longhouse after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 500 community members gathered May 11 to celebrate the in-person return of this annual celebration and feast.
Three days before the feast, the education department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation took more than 300 participants to the Blue Mountains to gather xous (pronounced “kowsh”) roots, a traditional First Food used by all the Plateau Tribes. The gathering of roots for the feast was done as an educational opportunity for tribal and nontribal students from Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start, the CTUIR After-School Program, Nixyaawii Community School, Ataw Miyanasma Learning Center and Umatilla Language Immersion Program.
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