Montana

Turtle Island Storyteller Ken Camel

The Salish Greeting Ceremony

Ken Camel

(Speaks in language)

Good day, how are you doing today? My name is C’o Si Nemqmqey. It’s War Hoop Camel in Salish Pend D Oreille language. What I will describe to you today is the greeting ceremony of the Salish people. I want to note that it is since the 1600’s since that is when the horse first arrived on the shores. The Salish greeting ceremony went like this:

Turtle Island Storyteller Lewis Walks Over Ice

Make a Joyful Noise

Lewis Walks Over Ice

Okay, well, some of the ones we do is of course the Hot Dance or the War Dance, the Grass Dance. Contemporary people call it Powwow and also we have Sun Dance. Some tribes do that. That’s what we call it. That’s mostly done in the summertime. It’s a dance of sacrifice. They don’t drink or eat for three days, and they fast. So that’s more of a religious dance.

Turtle Island Storyteller Peter Bigstone

Coming Back To My Life

Peter Bigstone

My name is Peter Bigstone. I’m a full-blood Assiniboin from Stoutness, Saskatchewan.

My grandfather got shot as a little boy. His mother fell on top of him to guard him when he got shot on the buttocks. He got shot and my grandmother fell on top of him and they shot her. They shot him and he was underneath my grandma. I don’t know how, but shot his finger right off. That’s why Nabeksi, Nabemoksabe, you know. Nabemoksabe he got shot, blasted right off his little pinky finger.

Turtle Island Storyteller Robert Four Star

This History is Ours

Robert Four Star

(speaks in language)

My name is Robert Four Star. When I was born they gave me the name of Good War Paint. When they made me Chief of the Red Bottom in 1981, they gave me the name of Buffalo Stops Four Times, which was a name of one of my great grandfathers.

Turtle Island Storyteller Roger White Jr.

Roger White Jr.

Roger White Jr.

My name is Roger White, Jr. I’m originally from Fort Peck Fort Peck Reservation. I come from the Red Bottom Clan of Assiniboin, the Nakota, and it basically means “Red Root”. Some people have said before it means there’s a story behind it. It goes about the red bottoms of the tipis, the red linings of the how the tipis are. So, I don’t know, because it was so long ago that these stories are put in place. So I’ve heard one being us being the Red Root. That’s what “hudesana” means and the other being “red bottoms”. They’re calling us the red bottom of that root.