February 4

Song of the Storyteller

Shane Clouse is a singer-songrwiter and Montana Native.  He has said, "I am inspired by the people and the world around me, particularly nature. Nature is unspoiled and unblighted yet brutal and unforgiving. It is beauty, rage, peace and passion all at once."  Shane will talk about how he finds inspiration to turn stories into songs. Visit www.shaneclouse.com for info & music.

February 11

The Corps of Discovery: Tomahawks, Rifles and Food for Thought

What did the Corps of Discovery actually accomplish? What did the expedition mean to Americans at the time and later?  What activities were important then that are less important now?  Stephen Sylvester leads a lively discussion about what the expedition was actually like!

February 18

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Women in Science

Brave women persisted against social, political, and educational boundaries, opening the realm of scientific study to a  new perspective.  Mary Jane Bradbury draws on the lives and writings of naturalist Martha Maxwell, astronomer Maria Mitchell, anthropologist Ruth Underhill,  and Rachel Carson.

Winter Storytelling is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

January 14

A Ride Back in Time to the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Era

Become immersed in Rocky Mountain life as it from 1825 to 1840, when trappers forged trails that American pioneers would later follow.  Dressed a sa woman traveler of the period, Peri Knize enhances the story with clothing, tools, horse tack, and equipment of the era.

January 7

Dueling Paintbrushes: George Catlin & Karl Bodmer on the Missouri

Kristi Hager shares stories and images from two painters who created a rich visual record of the High Plains after Lewis & Clark, but before the arrival of railways & photography.  Audience members consider whether they would rather have a painted portrait, photo, or the buffalo robe of a Mandan Chief.

Winter Storytelling at Travelers' Rest celebrates the Salish tradition of sharing stories during the long, dark winter.  We humans tell our stories in a variety of ways, and in 2017, Travelers' Rest will welcome a diverse array of presenters working in art, music, living history, interview, and lecture, as well as two of our favorite Native American storytellers.  


Saturdays at 11 a.m. in January and February.  Cost is $5 per person; members are free depending on level of support.

January 21

Traditional Ways in Modern Society

Pend d’Oreille elder Stephen Small Salmon is a traditional dancer, singer and storyteller.  He is helping to preserve the Salish language as an instructor at the Nkwusm Institute in Arlee.  Mr. Small Salmon is a favorite presenter at Winter Storytelling - expect the unexpected as he talks about his life and shares traditional stories.

January 28

Who We Are, Where We Come From

For over forty years, Tony Incashola has been a part of the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC), where he has spent most of his time documenting SalishElder’s knowledge on Native American history, language, plants, and culture. Mr. Incashola has said, “I see a bright future for our Native people. As long as we never forget who we are, and where we come from, we can stand together and flourish."

February 25

Chérie Newman LIVE

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org.  Join us as she interviews two local authors in a live version of her radio program.