|May 16, 2013
Empowering our youth through the Salish language
ARLEE — The Nkwusm Salish Language School's Parent Committee and the school staff will host the
Nkwusm Graduation Powwow and BBQ on June 1 at the Arlee Community Center from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cakewalks, 50/50 raffles, silent auction and more are featured during this spring time event.
The Nkwusm Salish Language School celebrates the graduation of Nicole Perry and Mars Sandavol, Nkwusm's third graduating Class of 8th graders.
The powwow is Nkwusm's show of appreciation to the tribes and community who support the language revitalization efforts.
The parents and staff welcome all community members, powwow goers and dancers to attend, especially little ones.
During the powwow, A 50/50 raffle will be held, a silent auction and cake dance with cakes being up for grabs at .50 cents a turn. Cake donations are welcome.
A number of quality items, gift certificates and local arts and crafts will be up for auction, so get your bids in, you do not need to be present to win. If you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact the school, all proceeds go back to Nkwusm and activities for the children.
Concessions and vendor spaces will be available. Vendor areas are available; the fee is an item donation to the silent auction.
The first 5 drums will be paid. This is a non-contest event. No alcohol or drugs are allowed.
The free barbeque will feature a hamburgers and hot dogs, with a pot luck style for salads and desserts. Volunteers for clean up are appreciated.
The Nkwusm Salish Language School focuses on revitalizing the Salish language, of which few fluent speakers are left. While introducing young children to the language and striving to make them fluent, the school also passes on Salish and Pend d'Oreille practices and traditions while providing an academic education.
The Nkwusm Salish Language Revitalization Institute further realizes the dream of Salish fluency by instructing four adults at the school. Nkwusm was founded by four individuals who saw the need for a place where the Salish language could flourish. Gratitude goes to Tachini Pete, Chaney Bell, Melanie Sandoval and Josh Brown. The parent committee also thanks the Nkwusm Board of Directors: Gyda Swaney, Mary JaneCharlo, Willie Wright, MaryRose Morigeau and Aggie Incashola; and Tribal Council for their support.
For more information about the powwow, to donate silent auction items, or inquire about vendor tables, for silent auction item(s) pick-up, contact MaryRose at (406) 824-2882, or drop item(s) off with Tanya at the front desk of Nkwusm Salish Language School, (406) 726-5050.
Nkwusm Salish Language School and Revitalization Institute, and the Arlee Community Center are not responsible for lost or stolen items, or short changed travelers.