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January 9

Coyote Stories with Tony Incashola.  Tony was born in St. Ignatius, Montana, home of the mission which gives the name Mission Valley to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation lands south of Flahead Lake. Tony was raised by his maternal grandparents, who taught him Salish as his first language.  Tony served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, including a tour of duty in Viet Nam. In 1975,  Johnny Arlee, another CSKT Tribal Elder, asked Tony to help with a project to preserve Salish culture and language. They and other elders started the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) to help preserve the language and culture.  Tony has been the director of the committee for 25 years.

January 16

Jean Belangie Nye is the author of the recently-published A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye's Eddie's Club Portraits.  Her late husband, Lee Nye, was a cowboy, a veteran, a poet, a teacher, and a bartender. Most of all, Lee Nye was an artist who captured the souls of a bygone America on film.  Using the Eddie Club's back alley as his studio, he photographed his subjects with black and white film on a Rolleiflex camera using only natural light.  Jean will talk about her late husband, his work, and the process of researching and writing the biographies of his subjects, whose faces are familiar to many in Missoula, but whose stories are not.

January 23

Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than eighty award-winning books.. Sneed has evolved through several life-history stages on his way to becoming one of today’s leading children’s authors. In 2006, Sneed was the recipient of the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Children’s Nonfiction Writer of the Year Award for his body of work. A favorite presenter from Winter Storytelling 2020, Sneed will share stories of the many birds encountered by the Corps of Discovery, notably Lewis' Woodpecker and Clark's Nuthatch, and the birds of the Old World that informed the understanding of 19th century naturalists.

January 30

Tailyr Irvine is a Salish and Kootenai photojournalist born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018. Her work focuses on providing in-depth representations of the lives and complex issues within the diverse communities that make up Native America.  Her online exhibition, Reservation Mathematics: Navigating Love in Native America, is available to view on the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian's website.

February 6
Carolyn Gilman is a historian and museum exhibit developer specializing in frontier and Native history. She created Reimagining America: The Maps of Lewis and Clark, an exhibit on display at Travelers' Rest from January 9 - March 6, 2021. Carolyn is author of Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide (2003) and five other books on aspects of Native American and western history. She has worked as an exhibition developer at the Minnesota Historical Society, the Missouri History Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. She was curator of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibition.  She is also an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy.

February 13
James Jonkel is a Wildlife Management Specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, managing black and grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves.  Jamie serves on several committees and nonprofit organizations working to reduce bear and human conflict in Western Montana.  He will share information and stories about recent grizzly bear activity in the Bitterroot Valley.

February 20
Retired archaeologist for the Lolo National Forest, C. Milo McLeod, shares "Secrets of the Jocko Lake Fires."  Milo worked in cultural resources management for over 40 years.  For 28 years, he managed the Lolo National Forest’s Heritage Resource program, including ensuring compliance with  the National Historic Preservation Act; developing public outreach programs such as Passport in Time, and conducting determinations of eligibility and listings for the National Register of Historic Places.  Milo has worked closely with American Indian groups, specifically the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as well as the Nez Perce Tribe on issues specific to cultural resource management and traditional cultural properties.

February 27

DG House, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Tribe of NE Alabama, and Frank Finley, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, are both noted artists and educators.  DG is artist in residence in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and was a Reimagine Montana artist in residence at Travelers' Rest State Park in 2017.  When she's not on the road, DG lives in Bozeman.  Frank is an instructor at Salish Kootenai College and owns 32 Pairs of Scissors Studio where he makes and sells silver jewelry, original paintings, prints, and tee shirts.  Frank has demonstrated traditional craft like rope-making and fish traps at Travelers' Rest. 

DG and Frank describe their unique relationship, "in indigenous culture, many types of familial classifications can and do happen. In our case, we met and have such similar pattern of habits that we “recognized” each other as close family. Within a day of meeting each other over 20 years ago, we have been fast friends, colleagues and family, in no particular order." They will talk about their art and their experience collaborating on a sculpture to be installed adjacent to Travelers' Rest State Park in 2021.

March 6

Caroline Patterson has published fiction and nonfiction in publications including Seventeen, Southwest Review and Sunset. She is the author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, and two children’s books on natural history. She also edited Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own, Border to Border: Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana, and Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies. She teaches creative writing through The University of Montana and the Missoula Writing Collaborative.

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

Winter Storytelling at Travelers' Rest celebrates the Salish tradition of sharing stories during the long, dark winter. 

In 2021, a diverse group of scholars and storytellers will speak to the theme of Reimagining America, drawn from the exhibit Reimgining America: The Maps of Lewis and Clark on display in the Visitor Center from January 9 - March 6.  This exhibit was organized by the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Storytelling sessions are free in 2021, and take place on Zoom

on Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Register here.

​6717 Highway 12 W

P.O. Box 995  Lolo, MT 59847