Coeur d’Alene Tribal Members Featured in Docuseries “The Story of Art in America”

WORLEY, Idaho (March 9, 2022) – Members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have been featured in a docuseries now available on Amazon Prime Video. The 10-episode series “explores the role of art in America and its diverse communities from large cities to small rural communities.”

“It is an honor to be featured and share our art, stories and history with more people,” said Dee Dee McGowan, Coeur d’Alene Casino’s cultural tourism manager. “There has been a major increase in travel to more unique areas and we are seeing travelers want more creative experiences. Many of the experiences highlighted in the episode are actually things people can come experience at Coeur d’Alene Casino.”

Coeur d’Alene’s episode features five tribal members each highlighting a different aspect of cultural art.

Bobby White begins the episode speaking about dance, her regalia and how it makes her feel. Drummer and singer Cheffrey Sailto speaks about how he started drumming, the fading of traditions and how the art is surviving. Pit baking, a form of earth oven baking, is highlighted by Jade Stensgar-Mokry where she speaks about cleansing of the ingredients, stones used to carry heat and what the long process means to all involved. Dave Matheson talks about the importance of storytelling and how the stories connect to much bigger messages. Leanne Campbell features her basketry and speaks about traditional arts, her teaching and how traditional arts can be expressed in a modern context.

Executive Producer, Pierre Gervois, met McGowan at a travel conference in Boise in 2019. He and his wife filmed the episode on location at Coeur d’Alene Casino in June of 2021 and the series was picked up in early February.

“The tribal members featured in the episode are wonderful representatives of our people,” said Quanah Matheson, director of security and former cultural affairs director at Coeur d’Alene Casino. “Pierre and his team were great to work with and I hope this series brings light to different cultures, art and the diversity of our country.”

In addition to Coeur d‘Alene, the series features Santa Fe, N.M.; Phoenix; Great Falls, Mont.; Yolo County, Calif.; Everett, Wash.; Sheridan, Wyo.; Yountville, Calif.; Casper, Wyo.; and Seattle.

Produced by Legit Productions and directed by EFDLT Studio the docuseries is now available to view exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video. Episodes can be purchased for $1.99 (HD) or $.99 (SD).

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​​​​About Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The casino resort is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 850-1,100 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.3 million to education in the region since it opened. Additionally, millions more have gone in support of a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities and programs in the Pacific Northwest. Named Tribal Destination of the Year in 2019 by AIANTA and winning the silver Distinguished Dozen award from Courier in 2019 and 2020, the property features 300 rooms and suites, six distinct food and beverage venues and entertainment including live music and comedy as well as hands-on tours and experiences through the casino’s Cultural Tourism Program. Three million-dollar winners have found their luck on 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering nearly 1,200 video gaming machines and high stakes bingo. Additional amenities include a 15,000 square foot spa voted 1st for “Resort Spas that deliver the Ahh Factor” by (2012), 40,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor wedding locations and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S. The Gene Bates designed course is home to the Circling Raven Championship, an Epson Tour “Road to the LPGA” event, held annually in August. LIKE Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter. For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino, visit