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Incashola to share stories of Salish

Humanities Montana awarded a $600 grant to the Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All in support of Salish Winter Stories. Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All welcomes Tony Incashola, director of the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, who will tell Salish winter stories in the traditional home of the Salish, the Bitterroot Valley, at a free event open to the public.

Since Sleeping Child Hot Springs is itself a Salish creation story, the storytelling is an appropriate joint effort. The sleeping child story ends with Coyote proclaiming the hot springs to be a healing place for all people, and, since the 1880s, a false, highly romanticized myth about the naming of the hot springs has been promoted. It is of the utmost importance that Sleeping Child Hot Springs, along with all other Bitterroot Valley place name and creation stories, is accurately told and that the Salish people are included in any historical portrayal of the Bitterroot Valley.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, values, and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations: Speakers Bureau and Speakers in the Schools, Letters About Literature, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.

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