PABLO — Salish Kootenai College’s Indigenous Perspectives and Sights course welcomed Early Childhood Services participants, children and adults to a family dinner at the Evelyn Stevenson Building to pass on traditional coyote stories.
The program’s students and teachers’ goal was to interact with the community and with students in the teacher degree program to provide future teachers knowledge about native culture and science.
The first story was about thunderbird, blue jay, magpie and crow. The students and teachers acted out the story with the kids. The story told about the time when people were heading down to the Bitterroot Valley and the Ice Age occurred.
The group welcomed the young children down to be a part of the act, wrapping them in buckskin and sitting them down on furry buffalo hides. The students and children acted out the story by reading their lines out loud, wearing masks, and even using a fan to build the story.
Guest speaker Daniel Brown told a story he had recently learned about coyote. He told the story in Salish and then translated it to English for the kids.
The children enjoyed the stories while snacking from a fruit basket that was served with dinner.