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By Sharon Lamar
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society 

Culture: A Way of Life

 

Sharon Lamar

Shirley Trahan, Thompson Smith and Loushie Charlo of the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee taught Swan Valley and Salmon Prairie Students about the traditional way of life of their tribal people.

SWAN VALLEY - Local kindergarten through eighth grade students recently visited the Swan Valley Museum to meet members of the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC), and learn about the traditional way of life of tribal people.

Shirley Trahan, SPCC senior advisor and translator, and Thompson Smith, SPCC historian, emphasized the importance of keeping the Salish language alive. Trahan, who speaks fluent Salish, encouraged the students to recite the Salish words for various animal puppets provided by the People's Center. Smith, who has worked with the tribes for many years, jokingly q...



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