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Bull Trout's Gift
“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 unfolds for a group of schoolchildren on a field trip.
Teaching Environmental Science and the Value of Reciprocity:
A Story Within a Story
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The Jocko River flows through the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana. For thousands of years the Salish and Pend d’Oreille Indians lived along its banks, hunting and fishing and gathering food and medicine plants. Readers of this story will learn, along with the students of Ms. Howlett’s class, about the history and culture and ecology of the river and its importance to the Tribes. They will also learn about the Tribes’ efforts to restore the bull trout habitats within the river.

Wonderfully illustrated by Tribal member Sashay Camel and narrated in the tradition of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille Tribes, this account of conservation as the legacy of one generation to the next is about being good to the land that has been good to us. Bull Trout’s Gift is steeped in the culture, history, and science that our children must know if they hope to transform past wisdom into future good.

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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