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Expedition Culture Geography People Maps Nature
  Setting the Stage: Acknowledgements and Review Process
Setting the Stage: Cultural Property Rights Agreement
Approaching this Module: Pedagogy
Approaching this Module: Principles of Sovereignty
Will of the People: Governance and Contemporay Programs
Gaming: Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino
Natural and Cultural Resources: Focus on the Lake
Cultural Preservation: Language Center
Cultural Preservation: GIS Names-Place Project
Health Care: Benewah Medical and Wellness Center

  Native American
  Approaching the Oral Traditions: Preparations
Story: Coyote's Identity
Story: Coyote and the Rock Monster
Story: Coyote and the Green Field
Story: Coyote and the White Man
Story: Coyote and the Falls
Story: Chipmunk
Story: Four Smokes
Reflections on the Stories: Laugh, Learn and Perpetuate
Songs: Introduction
Songs: from the Animal People
Songs: of the Powwow
Songs: of the July-amsh Powwow
Songs: of the Sweat House

Heart Knowledge: Clean Hands

  Horses, Bugs and Furs: Early Contact
Manifest Destiny: War and a Reservation
Manifest Destiny: Allotment
Wilderness Kingdom: Jesuit Mission
Wounded: Facing the Continuing Challenges

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Listen as Bingo SiJohn tells the story of Coyote and the White Man. What are the lessons of this oral tradition, lessons that can be applied to your own situation?

Part 1 (originally developed as part of the 1993 Me-Y-Mi-Ym Project; recorded and edited by Dan Kane; project director Rodney Frey)

Storytellers often help structure the telling of the stories with stylistic phrase and verse repetitions. While the sacred numbers among the Plateau peoples are predominantly three and five, among the Schitsu'umsh four is commonly used as well. It takes a young boy four attempts to run in the face of enemy rifle fire to save his family. Each episode is told in detail and then repeated. The repetitions build until it is on the last of the series that success is obtained. As a result, a storyteller might exhibit a poetic-like rhythm in his or her speech pattern during the presentation of a story.

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Listen as Bingo SiJohn continues telling of Coyote and the White Man. In this segment, Coyote receives a most unfortunate fate.

Part 2

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