left to right, members of the Colville Tribal Language Program
include, Elaine Emerson, Sharon Covington, Pauline Stensgar,
Ernie Brooks and Rodney Cawston as they sing christmas songs
in traditional languages at the Story Tellers evening at the
Nespelem Community Center on Dec. 12, 2015.
member Stubs Owhi with her two boys Walter and Rosco get in
line for the lunch that was provided by the Diabetes prevention
program at the Story Tellers evening at the Nespelem Community
Center on Dec. 12, 2015.
a traditional soup consisting of fish heads, camas, bitter
roots and service berries was served for lunch at the first
annual Story Tellers evening at the Nespelem Community Center
on Dec. 12, 2015.
NESPELEM They've been planning this day for the
The day had finally come as the Colville Tribal Language Prevention
Program hosted their first ever "Story Telling" evening this Saturday
afternoon at the Nespelem Community Center.
In unfamiliar territory with an event such as this, Language
Program Director Rodney Cawston tribal member was pleased with how
the evening went.
"I feel really good about the turnout. We didn't know that
anyone would show up, " Cawston said. "So to have as good of a turnout
as we did, made me feel really good."
Around 100 or so people attended the inaugural event, one that
the Language Program plans on having next year.
The event started out with lunch provided by the Diabetes Prevention
Apple salad, and oat burgers along with traditional foods such
as salmon, sx??usm (Indian ice cream), and q'alúps, a traditional
soup were also served.
Tribal elder Pauline Stensgar suggested that the traditional
soup of the nselxcin and nxa?amxcín-speaking people be served.
The soup consisted of fish heads, camas, bitter roots, and service
Tribal elder Elaine Emerson recollects that traditionally, during
the winter months the children and people would be taught traditional
teachings and values through storytelling.
Emerson also recalls that they were given sx??usm (Indian ice
cream) to eat when listening to stories.