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The Story of Art in America (2022) | Episode 2: Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

The Story of Art in America

Art from Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho. Episode 2.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe (Schitsu’umsh)

"Those who were found here.

The original name of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe was Schitsu’umsh, meaning “Those who were found here” or “The discovered people”. This has been our name since time immemorial. Before U.S. expansion into the area, the Schitsu’umsh would trade with French fur traders, who referred to the Schitsu’umsh as Coeur d’Alene’s, meaning “Heart of the Awl”. This too is our name and was received due to the sharp and disciplined trading practices of the Schitsu’umsh people.

Since time immemorial.

The land within and beyond the Coeur d’Alene Reservation has always been our familiar home. We would hunt tall forests, travel shadowy rivers, camp the lakeshores and meadows, and tell our story. For thousands of years our story has been told in song and dance. We spoke it in our own language. We shared it in celebration. In hardship. And through every cold and unforgiving winter. From old to young our story has rolled through the generations and into the present.

We still sing. We still dance. Our story is still told..." from the article: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe (Schitsu’umsh)

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