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Coeur D'Alene Tribe
The Native American culture is represented in Northwest Winterfest by the Coeur D’Alene Tribe! The current enrollment of members in the Coeur D’Alene tribe includes over 2,300 members!
The Coeur d’Alene Casino was the first tribal gaming facility in the northwest to offer Cultural Tourism. The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort/Hotel began offering Cultural Tourism 4 years ago. Recently the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort/Hotel celebrated it’s 27th Anniversary!
One of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s most popular winter holiday traditions is the “Winter Blessing.” Winter blessing is an annual event hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort/Hotel. This is an event to celebrate the changing of the seasons. For the Coeur d’Alene Tribe winter is a quiet season, a time for reflection, storytelling and giving back
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s culinary practices center around the first foods which include salmon, deer/elk, roots and berries. First foods are served in the order of readiness. This is traditional knowledge handed down from generation to generation. The unique quality of the traditional foods is that you can’t buy most of them in the store, they must be gathered! Leanne Campbell of the Coeur d’Alene tribe explains, “Mother earth provides for us. We visit those sacred grounds that provide the foods year after year.”
The most popular winter celebration is Indian New Year or winter solstice. This is the shortest day of the year. The sun is making its turn and days become longer and warmth returns. To celebrate, people gather in a longhouse for a walahsat service, prayer song, dance, and meal. It is customary to greet the New Year with a song. People line up and each person one by one will greet each other with a handshake and a hug!
People serve traditional foods but the main meal served at that time is called “cese.” Cese is soup. All of our main dishes are soups. For Indian New Year celebration people wear traditional regalia. Women wear a head scarf, wing dress, moccasins, beaded belt, and multi strand necklaces. Men wear a ribbon shirt, leggings, and moccasins.