Winter Blessing Honors Winter Tradition of Sharing and Coming Together

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe recognizes winter as a quiet time, a time for reflection. It is a time to come together and reflect on the past year and also what will be coming for the New Year.

In the cold winter months, the Coeur d’Alene’s took time to be with one another in lodges. Old stories of ancestors were retold with great animation. Coyote stories were told, offering humor, and teaching lessons of life.

Traditionally, this is a time to store dried foods, including meats, roots, fruits and herbs. This land was and is a land of plenty providing warmth and much to share with others.

Winter Blessing 2015In honor of this great tradition of sharing and coming together during these winter months, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe presents, Winter Blessing, Thursday, December 1. This will be an evening of Coeur d’Alene tribal culture and history. Honoring one of the strongest tribal traditions, all are welcome, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

A highlight of Winter Blessing is the a traditional dance called the, “Round Dance.” This is a friendship dance in which every participant meets and greets each other, completing the circle of friendship before the final sharing – complimentary fry bread and huckleberry jam.

Join us for Winter Blessing Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m.