Selis Qlispe Culture Committee

The Selis Qlispe Culture Committee (originally called the Flathead Culture Committee/Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee) seeks to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the living culture and traditional ways of life of our people.

The Selis Qlispe Culture Committee was first created in 1974-75 in response to the urgent concern of many traditional elders that we needed to take strong action to ensure that our culture would be carried on by the younger generations, and by the generations yet to come. Since that time, we have worked hard in many areas to ensure that both our language and way of life will always survive and flourish.

The elders are now constituted as the Selis Qlispe Culture Committee Elders Cultural Advisory Council, a group of culturally knowledgeable elders whose wise oversight and direction shapes both the long-term goals and daily work of the Culture Committee staff.

Selis Qlispe Culture Committee Elders Cultural Advisory Council:

Hank Baylor
Clara Bourdon
Sophie Haynes
Dolly Linsebigler
Shirley Trahan

Felicite “Jim” Sapiye McDonald
Noel Pichette
Pat Pierre
Stephen Smallsalmon
Eneas Vanderburg
Janie Wabaunsee

The Committee’s work covers many areas, including:

  • Traditional tribal cultural events and activities
  • Selis Qlispe Culture Committee Elders Cultural Advisory Council
  • Salish language
  • History & Culture Archives, Photographic Archives, and Historical Collections Management
  • Tribal History and Ethnogeography Projects
  • Cultural orientation for Tribal and non-Tribal departments and programs.
  • Public educational outreach and presentations.

The Salish Longhouse – is an important center of tribal cultural life. Use of this building is strictly reserved for traditional activities and tribal use. Following is a prioritized list of allowed uses of this space:

  • Wakes and funerals.
  • Memorial feasts.
  • Traditional cultural activities (e.g., Jump Dances and Bitterroot Feast) and
  • SPCC events.
  • SPCC elders meetings.
  • Tribal meetings and use by other tribal departments.

Please contact the Culture Committee to inquire further about use of the facility at 406-745-4572

Check out their new website at HTTP://WWW.SALISHAUDIO.ORG