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.
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.
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:
Mary Jane Charlo
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
Richard Alexander - Keeper of the Longhouse
Thompson Smith - History & Geography Projects
Nalani Linsebigler - Receptionist
Audio coming soon!
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 coming soon!
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