The Culture Committee is an important staple for the survival and renewal of our people. We hope this site is useful and helps strengthen the bond to our language, our traditions and our past.

  • Qe es nte qeqs čšt̓im qeqs k̓ʷłqeyxʷm n̓e taqs hoy taqs oo̓st łu sqlix̣ʷlč̓musšn.
  • The salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee seeks to preserve, protect and perpetuate the living culture and traditional way of life of our people.

History & Organization - Tsq͏̓i Smim̓iʔ u Qe Nk̓͏ʷul̓mn

The Salish - Pend d' Oreille Culture Committee was first created in 1974-75 in response to the urgent concern of many traditional elders that we need to take strong action to ensure that out culture would be carried on by younger generations, and by the generations yet to come. Since that time, we have worked hard in many areas to ensure that both our language and way of life will always survive and flourish.

Qe Sck̓͏ʷlk̓͏ʷul̓ - Activities

  • Traditional tribal cultural events and activities
  • Annual Bitterroot Dig & Feast
  • Salish Language Classes
  • History & Culture Archives. Photographic Archives and Historical Collections management
  • Tribal History and Ethnogeography Projects
  • Consultation / advising federal, state, and local governments
  • Bi-annual visits to Medicine Tree
  • Recording elders' oral histories and cultural knowledge
  • Cultural orientation for Tribal and non-Tribal departments and programs
  • Public educational outreach and presentations
  • Development of Language and Cultural Learning Resources and Materials
  • Gathering of Traditional Plants & Foods

Usšneɫxʷ - Longhouse

The Salish Longhouse - is an important center of tribal cultural life. Use of this building is strictly reserved for traditional activities and tribal use. The following is a prioritized list of allowed uses of this space:

  • Wakes and funerals
  • Memorial feasts
  • Traditional cultural activities (e.g., Jump Dances and Bitterroot Feasts) and SPCC events
  • Salish-Pend d'Orille Elders Cultural Advisory Council meetings
  • Salish Language & Culture Camp
  • Tribal meetings and use by other tribal departments

P̓iip̓x̣͏ʷot - Tribal Elder and Contributors

Rita Adams
Mary Jane Charlo
Sophie Haynes
Stephen Smallsalmon
Shirley Trahan
Vi Trahan
Lucy Vanderburg
Janie Wabaunsee
Maxine McDonald

*Felicite McDonald
*Noel Pichette
*Patrick Pierre
*Hank Baylor
*Dolly Linsebigler
*Louie Adams
*Clara Bourdon
*Eneas Vanderburg
*Clara Charlo
*Virgie Brockie
*Joe Vanderburg
*Andy Woodcock
*Dorthy Woodcock

SQCC Staff Members

Antoine Incashola - Director
Shirley Trahan - Senior Translator & Language Advisor
Sadie Peone - Historical Collections & Office Manager
Chaney Bell - Salish Language Coordinator
Steve Arca – Séliš-Ql̓ispé Language Teacher
Cierra Jeppesen – Séliš-Ql̓ispé Language Teacher
Richard Alexander - Keeper of the Longhouse
Thompson Smith - History & Geography Projects
Nalani Linsebigler - Receptionist


Audio coming soon!



Big Horn Sheep

Black Bear

Black Tail Buck



Bull Elk






Cow Elk





Ermine Weasel




Grizzly Bear


Kill Deer

Little Rabbit


Meadow Lark


Mountain Goat

Mountain Lion

Mourning Dove












White Tail Buck

White Tail Doe



When the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes first established the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) in 1974-75, the small staff asked culturally knowledgeable elders to come in and teach what they knew. The elders responded by generously sharing their songs and stories — almost all in the Salish language, many of them handed down through tribal tradition from time immemorial. The staff recorded the elders on simple cassette tape machines. And from that humble beginning, the SPCC developed one of the world’s finest and most extensive archives of tribal oral history and culture.

The SPCC is working on a series of books that will include many excerpts from those recorded oral histories. Now, readers will have access not only to transcripts of the recordings, but also to the recordings themselves: the voices of tribal elders. It is their voices that we honor, respect, and put forward as the authorities on Salish-Pend d’Oreille language and culture. We hope this website will serve as a powerful way in which the elders can directly teach our language, our history, and our culture. Additional files will be made available as staff time allows for all SPCC books and projects.

Audio Pages

  • Salish and Pend d'Oreille Language Reference Guide

    Salish & Pend d'Oreille Language Reference Guide

    An audio guide to some common Salish/Pend d'Oreille words and phrases.

    Go to the page.

  • The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

    The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

    At the heart of The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition are the elders’ oral histories, recorded in Salish and presented in the book in a bilingual, Salish-English format. Now, as you read the text, you can also listen to the elders’ voices from the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee’s original recordings.

    Go to the page.

  • Salish-Pend d'Oreille Placename Signs on U.S. Highway 93

    Salish-Pend d'Oreille Placename Signs on U.S. Highway 93

    Pronunciations of the placename signs along Highway 93.

    Go to the page.

Additional Audio


Audio coming soon!

War Bonnet




Breast Plate


Buckskin Dress

Wing Dress

Beaded Bag



Rubbers For Mocassins

Beaded Belt


Braid Wraps









Fur Coat




Straw Hat



Rubber Boots

Cowboy Boots





Copyright Notice

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  3. if you would like a copy of an audio, photo, video or document from our archives you may contact the culture committee and a review of your request will be conducted.

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