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Language Program Hosts Story Tellers Evening
by Shane Moses - The (Colville) Tribal Tribune
credits: all photos by Shane Moses - The (Colville) Tribal Tribune
From left to right, members of the Colville Tribal Language Program include, Elaine Emerson, Sharon Covington, Pauline Stensgar, Ernie Brooks and Rodney Cawston as they sing christmas songs in traditional languages at the Story Tellers evening at the Nespelem Community Center on Dec. 12, 2015.
Tribal member Stubs Owhi with her two boys Walter and Rosco get in line for the lunch that was provided by the Diabetes prevention program at the Story Tellers evening at the Nespelem Community Center on Dec. 12, 2015.
Q'alúps, a traditional soup consisting of fish heads, camas, bitter roots and service berries was served for lunch at the first annual Story Tellers evening at the Nespelem Community Center on Dec. 12, 2015.

NESPELEM – They've been planning this day for the past month.

The day had finally come as the Colville Tribal Language Prevention Program hosted their first ever "Story Telling" evening this Saturday afternoon at the Nespelem Community Center.

In unfamiliar territory with an event such as this, Language Program Director Rodney Cawston tribal member was pleased with how the evening went.

"I feel really good about the turnout. We didn't know that anyone would show up, " Cawston said. "So to have as good of a turnout as we did, made me feel really good."

Around 100 or so people attended the inaugural event, one that the Language Program plans on having next year.

The event started out with lunch provided by the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Apple salad, and oat burgers along with traditional foods such as salmon, sx??usm (Indian ice cream), and q'alúps, a traditional soup were also served.

Tribal elder Pauline Stensgar suggested that the traditional soup of the nselxcin and nxa?amxcín-speaking people be served.

The soup consisted of fish heads, camas, bitter roots, and service berries.

Tribal elder Elaine Emerson recollects that traditionally, during the winter months the children and people would be taught traditional teachings and values through storytelling.

Emerson also recalls that they were given sx??usm (Indian ice cream) to eat when listening to stories.

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