Cultural Celebrations Bring Tradition to Students and Public

Water Potato Day Tour set for Tuesday, Oct. 23

WORLEY, Idaho (Oct. 17, 2018) – With winter nearing,water potatoes have hit peak ripeness and are ready for harvest, a longstanding tradition for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and one the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Natural Resources Department continues today. The public is invited to join the Tribe on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Hawley’s Landing in Heyburn State Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a day of family-friendly harvesting and education.

Attendees will get their hands dirty digging through the mud for water potatoes, enjoy traditional storytelling and a nature walk. Educational stations will also introduce guests to native foods and language, the importance of beavers and dams, traditional tools and hide tanning.

The water potato, or sqigwts as it is known in the Coeur d’Alene language, was a significant food source for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe historically as it was the last harvested resource before winter set in and local vegetation fell dormant. Members of the Tribe would wade through the mud of the shoreline, dig up the roots in large quantities and dry them to sustain the community through the winter months.

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