The People's Center exists to provide public education on aspects of traditional lifestyles and histories of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai people.
Throughout the year the Education Program offers demonstrations and history on traditional and contemporary life-ways. Providing gatherings, temporary displays, history presentations and the continued practicing of traditional events, The People's Center is guided by tribal elders and is insuring the perpetuation of their tribal culture.
The People's Center hosts a number of area schools and organizations throughout the year with museums tours, art, presentations, games and history. Registration is required for all group activities please call one week in advance. Group rate applies for groups of 5 or more. Art and craft classes are extra depending on selection.
Traditional Arts & Crafts Day:
- Every Friday all year - 9am to 4pm. Limited supplies and instruction are available. Free to all.
Education Trunks available for check out: Free for local use. Any outside area use must pay shipping or delivery charges.
- The People Trunk - Traditional clothing, reading materials, photographs, and more that will share history past and present of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people.
The Animal Trunk - Includes animal puppets with the names in Salish & Kootenai, history, stories and more that share how important animals are to our tribes.
Other Activities: To schedule activities, please call 406-675-0160 or fill out our form online.
Crafts are available upon request a fee may be required. Please ask when you are scheduling your group.
Beading, mini teepees, mini parfleche, cloth dolls, dream catchers, bracelets, native game pieces, necklaces, chokers, pouches. We can make many of these crafts age appropriate. (no needles)
The Traveling People’s Center – Where we can come to you! Fees apply for travel and off-site activities and presentations. Call for more information on fees and scheduling. (The Traveling People’s Center can bring arts & crafts, demonstrations in art, song and dance, tribal history presentations, native games and specialized presentations.)
TRADITIONAL ARTS CLASSES FOR APRIL 2019 - open to everyone. A light meal will be provided for participants.
April 10 - 5:30 - 8:00 pm - Large drum making and drum stick making. No fee for making the large drum (which will remain with the Center) Fee for drumsticks - $10 each
April 24 - 5:30 - 8:00 pm - Shawl making (please bring your own materials) We have sewing machines for your use. We will provide instruction for a fee $15 per person to cover instructor.
You will need - Material, ribbon, thread, appliques, heat and bond. You can purchase rolls of fringe on our gift shop. Call 675-0160 for additional information.