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˜Kootenai Culture and History

As a complement to our Kootenai language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Kootenai tribe and their society. The emphasis of these pages is on Kootenays and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Kootenai history is interesting and important, but the Kootenai Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Kootenai Tribal and Community Websites

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes:
    Official homepage of the Montana tribe the Kootenai share with the Flathead Salish.
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho:
    Homepage of the Idaho Kootenai.
Ktunaxa Nation:
    Homepage of the Kootenai Nation of British Columbia, Canada.
Salish Kootenai College:
    Homepage of the tribal school of the Salish-Kootenai tribes.

Maps of Kootenai Lands

Idaho Indian Map * Montana Indian Map:
    Maps showing the original territory of the Kootenai tribe and their neighbors.
First Peoples Language Map of BC
     Interactive map of Kootenay and other indigenous language communities in British Columbia.

Kootenai Lifestyle and Tradition

The Kutenai:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Kutenai Indians.
    History of the Kootenay tribe in Canada.
Canadian Peoples: Ktunaxa:
    Ethnography of the Kootenay people.
Kootenay Legends:
    Collection of Kootenai mythology and traditional stories.
Kutenai Tribe * Ktunaxa:
    Articles on Kutenai culture and history.
Kutenai History:
    Article on the history and genealogy of the Kootenai tribe.
Kootenai Authors * Salish and Kootenai Authors:
    Kootenai writers, their lives and work.
First Nations Cradleboards:
    Photographs and descriptions of Cree and Kootenai cradle boards.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Ktunaxa (Kootenay):
    Online exhibit of Kootenay artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Four Directions: Kootenai:
    Timeline and links about Kootenai history.

Books for sale on the Kootenai Indians

Owl's Eyes and Seeking a Spirit:
    Book of traditional Kootenai Indian stories for sale.
How Marten Got His Spots:
    A book of Marten and Coyote stories produced by the Kootenai tribe.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Kutenai.
Native American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Kootenais and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Kootenay: * Kootenai Tribe:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Kootenai tribe.
   Pueblo Kutenai * Los Kutenai: * Ktunaxa:
   Information about the Kutenai tribe in Spanish.
  Les Amérindiens Kootenay du Canada:
  Information about the Kootenay First Nation in French.
   Salish and Kutenai:
   Kootenai links.

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