A Colville Valley homecoming

  In the early 1800s, when Europeans first made their way into the Northwest, Washington's Colville Valley turned into a melting pot. Canadian, Iroquois and Cree trappers joined the Salish, followed by Jesuit missionaries, Hawaiians and Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian fur traders in peaceful settlements along the Columbia River. To explore the blending of cultures in the valley nearly two centuries ago, the heritage program of the Colville National Forest will host Journey Home: The Homecoming Heritage Celebration, Aug. 21-24. The program is free and includes demonstrations, music and speakers such as Pauline Flett, a teacher and member of the Spokane tribe, who will discuss her newly compiled dictionary of the Salish language. Also on tap are a canoe trip, a Salish spiritual ceremony and a re-enactment of the fur traders' arrival in the valley. Dana Komen, one of the program's coordinators, says the celebration is planned to make history and archaeology exciting. Call the Heritage Program at 509/684-7251.

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