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Travelers' Rest State Park in Lolo Presents Its Winter Storytelling Series

(Missoula, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:

What: The Annual Winter Storytelling Series at Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo.

When: Saturdays 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in January and February.

Where: The Holt Museum and Visitor Center at Travelers Rest State Park (406- 273-4253),
located at 6717 Highway 12 West, Lolo.

For many Native American cultures, winter is the time for storytelling around the campfire. The Salish and Kootenai, Pend d’Orielle, and others pass on tribal history, family stories and the ways of their culture through their oral traditions.

Today, tribal elders and cultural leaders preserve the powerful tradition of storytelling at Travelers’ Rest State Park.

Storytellers featured in the first five events in the series are:

Jan. 19 Arapaho Stories: Keeping a Tradition Alive
Professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, and an Arapaho, Neyooxet Greymorning will bring his personal heritage and experience to stories of the Arapaho Nation. Greymorning furthers Native language restoration and is the Executive Director of Hinono’eitiit Ho’oowu’—the Araphao Language Lodge in Wyoming.

Jan. 26 Kootenai Wintertime Stories
Vernon Finley, Kootenai tribal member, will present traditional Kootenai winter stories. He is the language curriculum coordinator for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Feb. 2 Family Storytime
Amber Jean Greymorning, daughter of Neyooxet Greymorning, will present a program especially for kids and families that will include crafts, hands-on discovery and hot cocoa. Greymorning studies music education at the University of Montana. She began to learn Arapaho in the seventh grade and is dedicated to revitalizing the language.

Feb. 9 Salish Wintertime Stories
Frances Vanderburg has taught Salish language at Arlee Elementary School and the Salish Kootenai College for more than 35 years. She builds bridges in the community by teaching the Salish language and culture to all students regardless of their tribal affiliation.

Feb. 16 Coyote Stories
Stephen Small Salmon is a Pend d’ Oreille Elder from Pablo. He is a member of the Salish/Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee and works as a Salish language specialist at Nkwusm School in Arlee.

Travelers’ Rest State Park, the location of a centuries-old Native American gathering ground, is also the site where the 33 member Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in 1805 and 1806. In the 2012 summer season (May – August) nearly 25,000 people visited this state park, a 14% increase over the 2011 season.

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