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Snqeymintn: Field Journal
“We were wealthy from the water,” Pend d'Oreille elder Mitch Smallsalmon says, and like other Tribal elders, he speaks to our understanding of the natural world and the consequences of change. In this beautifully illustrated storybook the wisdom of the elders and of Tribal biologists is passed on to the young as the story of the Jocko River, the home of the bull trout, unfolds for a group of schoolchildren on a field trip.
Recording Thoughtful Time in the Field
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The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Field Journal (or Snqeymintn, “a place to write” in Salish) is a lavishly illustrated field notebook supplementing Bull Trout’s Gift, the Tribes’ publication for young readers. Bull Trout’s Gift examines the sacred and natural significance of the bull trout and the Tribes’ restoration project along the Jocko River of Montana, which courses through their reservation.

Meant to inform students, nature enthusiasts, and other lovers of the wilderness, the
Field Journal is the place to conveniently record one’s observations about the Jocko River habitat and can be used by nature enthusiasts everywhere to observe the watersheds in their own locales.

The
Field Journal is divided into four sections: Riparian Animals and Plants, Native Fish, Observation Pages, and Salish Language Pronunciation Guide. The lists of riparian animals and plants will assist students and nature enthusiasts in identifying the plant and animal specimens of watersheds throughout the Northern Rockies. The journal also includes a detailed map showing the Jocko River’s path through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ lands. Explore the book by looking through the pages below:
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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Natural Resources Department
Box 278
Pablo, MT 59855

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