Winter Blessing Honors Traditional Storytelling, Dance and Giving

For the Coeur d’Alene Tribe winter is a quiet season, a time for reflection, storytelling and giving back. In honor of this time, the Coeur d’Alene Casino welcomes the return of Winter Blessing Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m.


Members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe participate in a traditional drum circle.

“This event is an opportunity to come together in peace and unity and share the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s culture,” said Laura Stensgar, director of public affairs and cultural tourism. “Historically, during the cold winter months, the Coeur d’Alenes gathered in their lodges, retelling the stories of their ancestors.

The evening will include theatrical storytelling, a canoe revitalization ceremony, a traditional “Prairie Chicken” dance contest and complimentary fry bread and huckleberry jam.

Winter Blessing Speakers

Young members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe speak during Winter Blessing.

The Coeur d’Alene Casino and 93.7 The Mountain have partnered for the Winter Blessing $20,000 Giveaway. From Nov. 22 to Dec. 8, listeners can nominate a family in need of a “winter blessing.” Twenty families will be selected to receive a $500 gift card. The second phase of the giveaway begins Dec. 8. Nominations will be accepted through midnight Dec. 20 for charities and non-profits to receive a $1,000 donation, ten winners will be selected and announced on-air the morning of Dec. 22. Nominations can be submitted at

“Since the property was established, the casino resort has made a commitment to continue the tradition of sharing and this year we are proud to be able to donate $20,000 to local charities,” said Stensgar.


Charities accept their donations at the 2015 Winter Blessing.

Winter Blessing will be held Thursday, Dec. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m. Attendance is free.