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Hello! We are the Kalispel Tribe The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located in Usk, Washington. The Pend Orielle County is the home of the Kalispel people, and an abundance of wildlife, plants, and important resources. Kalispel Indians speak Salish!


Learn some basic Salish Words!

Man

Skaltumiax

Woman

Simmu’em

Kalispel

Sun

Moon

Water

Spukani

Qlispé

Saka’am

Yes

Une

Se’uliq

No

Ta


The Kalispel people were surrounded by beautiful nature!


The Camas Plant Camas - sx̣ʷeʔlítx̣ʷeʔ

Camas is a vital staple for the Kalispel people, which is a nutritious onion-like root. The flower blooms in the spring, and the bulb is dug in the summer, then the bulb is dried or baked

Connect the Dots to Create your Own Camas! Start Here!


There is a variety of animals located around the Kalispel Reservation. White-Tailed Deer Black Bear

Bison

Cougar

Beaver

Bald Eagle Tundra Swan

Westslope Cutthroat Trout Bull trout

Chinook Salmon


Help the Animals get back to their Home!

Black Bear nłámqeʔ

Bald Eagle pql̓ qeyn

Bull trout ʕaáy̓cčst


The Kalispel Indians had many different hunting tools. Harpoons

Mammals, like deer and elk, were hunted for their meat to be used as food, for their hides to be used as shelter and clothing, and their bones to be used as tools.

Bow and Arrow

Fishing Line & Hook

Fishing Net


Common Hunting Tools.

Hunting - čłipm Fishing - es qq̓méyeʔi Understanding the type of stone that was used for tools was important, whether it was a local rock or a rock like obsidian that had to be traded for

Practice Drawing these Tools!


A Summer Day in the Kalispel Tribe!

After gathering food for the winter, the Kalispels would invite relatives and friends from the Spokane, Colville, Coeur d’Alene and Kutenai tribes to join in games and recreation. They would also ride horses, cook in their earth ovens, and weave baskets.


Kalispel Archeology Archaeologist carefully dig or excavate to uncover and understand history about the Kalispel people! They carefully research old artifacts like knives and arrowheads.


Draw a line connecting the Artifact to it’s Shadow!


Archeology Excavation Site Most artifacts are hidden beneath the earth, so archaeologists work together to uncover them! Careful digging or excavation of soil reveals important details about the past, such as what people ate, where they lived, and what they did hundreds and thousands of years of ago.


Stratigraphy Chart Stratigraphy is important for understanding the age and context of an archaeological site.

Stratum A

Car License Plate

Plastic Comb

Aluminum Can

Stratum B

Horseshoe

Bullet

Stratum C

Glass Bottle

Shell Button

Stratum D Stratum E

Pottery Fragments

Archaeologists today do a lot for their community. Anyone can be an Archaeologists, so can you!


Practice Drawing these Archeology tools!


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