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Sqigwts 3-D Landscape


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The Sqigwts 3-D Landscape is an interactive three-dimensional experience developed to provide an opportunity to effectively learn about the important cultural significance of sqigwts, the water potato (Sagittaria latifolia), to the Schitsu’umsh or Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe (of the Pacific Northwest USA). The goal is to provide information on the potential vulnerability of this species to climate change and of the Schitsu’umsh living relationship with it. Schitsu’umsh knowledge and practice is called hnkhwelkhwlnet, meaning “our ways of life in the world,” and is conveyed through acts of re-telling oral traditions and stories. For the Schitsu’umsh, storytelling is a living act and can only truly occur in-person as a shared experience [...]


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In offering this 3-D Landscape to the public, the Schitsu’umsh invite you to participate in this story, interact with its content, and see for yourself what mi’yp, lessons, about their hnkhwelkhwlnet are revealed to you.


Acknowledging the tribal sovereignty of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the information conveyed in the 3D Landscape was fully reviewed for its authenticity and appropriateness, and approved by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Natural Resources Committee and Culture Committee (Aug 2015) and Tribal Council (Aug 2015) for public dissemination. What is shared with you is only the cultural knowledge and practices appropriate to be shared publicly. There are aspects of hnkhwelkhwlnet that should remain only with Schitsu’umsh families and Tribal members. To view the legal protocol that governed the "Schitsu’umsh Relationships with Their Dynamic Landscapes: Identifying, Managing and Applying Indigenous Knowledge and Praxis" project, see

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