The Homeland is still home. The place "where the old ones walked" includes almost 5,000,000 acres of what is now north Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana.

The "old ones" were extremely wealthy from an Indian perspective, with everything they needed close at hand. Unlike the tribes of the plains, the Coeur d'Alenes and their neighbors, the Spokanes, the Kootenai, the Kalispel, the bands of the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Kootenai-Salish, or Flatheads, were not nomadic.

Coeur d'Alene Indian villages were established along the Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, Clark Fork and Spokane Rivers.

The homeland included numerous and permanent sites on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Pend Orielle and Hayden Lake.

These tribes traded among themselves and with scores of tribes far away on the Pacific coast. Ancient trade routes connected the Coeur d'Alenes with the Nez Perce, the Shoshones and the Bannocks to the south and southeast. To the east were the tribes of the Great Plains and the vast herds of buffalo.

With the coming of horses, young Coeur d'Alene men journeyed east to hunt buffalo.

All ancient tribal trade routes and paths remain today. In fact, those very same routes are still used all across the country. Today, however, we call those tribal routes "Interstate highways."(SOURCE)


Responses to "The Julyamsh Powwow,the largest outdoor powwow in the northwest, Honors the Horse! (Video)"

  1. Unknown says:

    I'll bet that was really beautiful with all of the horses decked out :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is the best powwow in the West. I've attended every year since it began at the Greyhound Park and it's always a memorable event. Congratulations to the Coeur d'Alene tribe for a job well done.

  3. Thank you for Sharing, this is so wonderful

  4. SueB says:

    The only thing that I do not understand is why all of the wild horses are being destroyed. They will soon go by way of the buffalo. Can someone explain this horror story?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you.
    With wolf pack.

  7. Anonymous says:

    As a Elder who is now disabled. I can't Dance are Drum anymore. However I go go to support those who can. I love the fact I'm on the Red Road now for nearly 15 yrs. Those who are Leaders of the 565 Tribes now left here in America. Some how have they have forgot everything this Corrupted Federal Government has done to all the Tribes.They've never honor one treaty with any of the tribes. Just because we have a Half Black/White man as President of the USA doesn't mean Jack. Obama is a Puppet for the NWO and they want to destroy all of America. History has a way of repeating it's self. This Corrupted Federal Government has already Genocide over 100 Million Native Americans and the Genocide is still going on Today 09/23/2013. Some say I shouldn't bring up the past,But as a Elder and a Medicine person it's my job to remind those who want to have peace with this Government to remember the past....Ah Ho....

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love the beautiful dancing and respect the Native Americans have for this country and earth and everything in it. Many of us wish to have that and the hell with all this commercialism and greed!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the words of the disabled Elder. The past is how we learn not to repeat mistakes. The Powwow is very beautiful and the regalia is superb.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful video and beautiful dance. Watching the little colts join in and dance around was adorable! Sitting here listening and watching the vid made me want to close my eyes and dream of a time gone by. To let my soul become entranced by the hypnotic sounds of the drumming and singing. What beautiful traditions and celebrations all the Native Peoples of this Country have. I bet the horses and their human companions were gorgeous all decked out. I am not of Native decent, but have a respect and love for the beauty of the People. My skin may be white, but I have always felt my soul was Native.

  11. Unknown says:

    I was there a couple of years ago. It is great to see live. And yes all the color is awesome.

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