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History Happy Hour: National Native American Heritage Month
The original name of the Coeur d’Alene tribe was Schitsu’umsh, which means “those who were found here” or “the discovered people.”
November 10, 2021 06:00 PM - 06:30 PM
The original name of the Coeur d’Alene tribe was Schitsu’umsh, which means “those who were found here” or “the discovered people.” The French fur traders called the tribe Coeur d’Alene, which means “heart of the awl,” referencing their shrewd trading practices. Since time immemorial the story of the Schitsu’umsh has been told in song and dance. It is spoken in their own language and shared in both celebration and hardship. Today this tribe continues to sing, dance, and tell their story. Tonight, here some of this story from two Shitsu’umsh or Coeur d’Alene tribal members, Leanne Campbell, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel Cultural Tourism Coordinator, and CarylDene Swan, Tribal Council Member. CarylDene Swan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Northern Idaho. She comes from a strong lineage traced back to Chief Peter Wildshoe. She was raised on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation and was raised in the traditional manner. She actively practices the tribal lifeway, including speaking the Coeur d’Alene language. For 3 years CarylDene was the tribe’s Historical Testimony and is the producer of traditional and cultural arts. She is a currently elected official for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as a tribal council member. In 2019 Leanne Campbell was awarded the Esto Perpetua Award to recognize her significant work in preserving and promoting Idaho’s history. This is the highest award given statewide to honor significant contributions to the preservation of Idaho history. Leanne has been dedicated to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s traditional arts and shares her art and knowledge through multiple classes, workshops and in her own art. She has dedicated years of her life studying, embodying, and sharing the tribe’s traditional arts and culture. You can participate in the conversation through the audience Q&A by emailing questions to or submitting them live during the event in the chat bar. Register early for this free virtual event; space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Reserve your space at: Photo Credit: Coeur d'Alene Indians, ID 76-2-52a, Idaho State Archives
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