The Salish People & the Lewis Clark Expedition

SKU: 9780803216433

Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribes, The Salish-Pend D'oreille Culture Committee
Grade Levels:
Eleven, Twelve, College, University
Kootenai, Plateau, Salish
Book Type:
University of Nebraska Press
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The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is an impressive historical and cultural book written by The Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee and Elders Cultural Advisory Council, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Their reaction to the Lewis and Clark Expedition bicentennial celebrated by America was to prepare their own history. The result is a remarkable resource that covers cultural traditions, language, oral history accounts, environmental understandings, and traditional stories by the Salish people of western Montana. The book is organized to cover creation and tribal origins, the Salish world of 1805, traditional life cycle, Salish-Pend d'Oreille placenames and their significance, and the contact period. The changes brought by the newcomers included the horse as well as epidemics and guns. There is a small section about the Salish perspective on the purposes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the encounter and the resulting misinformation and miscommunication. The impact of the expedition figures large in America's perspective of its nation's history but for the Salish this event is one minor blip in the long-range view. The remainder of the book provides brief biographical sketches of the Salish Elders who contributed to the project. As well the authors provide information about the written Salish language. There are detailed archival notes and bibliography as well as an index. Numerous black and white archival and contemporary colour photographs enhance the overall impact of the book. Several contemporary art pieces by Salish artists are included along with the western art of Charles Russell whose works depict the encounter between the expedition and the Salish people. This book provides readers with a much needed understanding of Native American history from the Native perspective.

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