It is important to remember that our traditional practices have significant healing potential. Reviving traditional food ceremonies as well as our language will help us to revive our traditional food culture and promote the transmission of our cultural ways. This is important because it reminds us of who we are and where we come from, uniting us with the land and one another. Our Elders want to be clear that the culture is our way of healing and that through strong prayer, good intention and honoring the beauty and goodness of the land, we can grow a healthier future for those who are yet to come.
The Spokane reservation is located in Wellpinit, WA, just 50 miles northwest of Spokane. The Spokane, also known as “Children of the Sun” once gathered, hunted and lived on over three million acres including Eastern WA, Idaho, Montana. In 1881 they were forced onto the 159,000-acre reservation.