The People's Center is the place to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. The traditions and culture of our tribes have been passed down orally from generation to generation since time began. As our lifestyles change with time and technology, we continue to preserve and protect our heritage, history and culture. We invite you to explore the artifacts and exhibits, and to hear the stories of our people in their own voices. We also invite you to participate in our cultural activities, our celebrations, known as pow-wows, and other events reflecting the Tribes.
The People's Center perpetuates this rich heritage, through our tradition of oral history, and by creating opportunities of exchange between tribal elders, youth and the public. Through education, we hope to dispel myths and stereotyping of Native Americans and create better understanding between all peoples.
Join us and take a walk through time with the original caretakers of this land........
Selis, Ksanka, Qlispe
Vision Statement: The People's Center will bring the people together, promote a healthy way of life and create a vision for this way of life. This will foster the awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the Salish and Kootenai culture as it is passed from generation to generation.
Mission Statement: The People's Center exists to provide public education on aspects of traditional lifestyles and histories of the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille people as sanctioned by tribal Elders and the Culture Committees.
Native American Awareness Week - September 13-16, 2016 - Schools please call 675-0160 to reserve a date to attend!
A NEW EXHIBIT IN OUR EDUCATION ROOM!
Traveling People’s Center will be visiting communities throughout the Reservation on most Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. We will be visiting the sites from 10 am to 1 pm. We will have Cultural Arts, Native Games, and various guest speakers to visit with youth and families. Free sack lunches. Dates and location:
The following sites are left;
August 10: Polson-Turtle Lake Home Sites
August 16: Pablo-Pablo Felsman/Maggie Ashley Home Sites
August 17: Arlee Homesite
Performance Circle: Powwow Dance instruction for youth and families.
Tuesday’s 5:30 pm free dinner followed by class from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at The People’s Center. Last one will be August 16th with a final performance at our Social Pow-wow on the 20th of August!
Beading and Traditional Arts Circle:
Friday’s 1:30 to 4:00 pm at The People’s Center
Art in the Arbor: SEEKING VENDORS NOW-various art vendors as well as free arts and craft activities, Native Games
August 20- 10 am to 2 pm at The People’s Center
The People’s Center Social Powwow:
4 PM to Dusk. Vendors welcome.
Monthly Featured Artist Display. Stop by to see who it is! Thanks for allowing us to show your art!
Watch for more activities! These activities are provided by The People's Center and funded by SAMHSA. Please contact The People’s Center- 675-0160 if you have any questions.