Tiptoe through the tipi

Multimedia | Videos | published on Oct. 11th, 2010

In Fort Hall, Idaho, Shoshone-Metis elder Clyde Hall describes the items in his tipi — and the memories they bring to mind.

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Not too long ago, I found myself in Idaho.

OK: It’s rare that you find yourself in Idaho, unless you live there. But I had ventured to the Gem State to do research for a project I’m working on.

What project, you say? True, I’ve spoken about it very little, but that’s about to change, since the time to share about some upcoming work draws nigh. But not yet. For now, suffice it to say I spent a few days in Idaho this past August.

While there, I hung out with Clyde Hall, a Shoshone-Metis elder, who lives on the reservation at Fort Hall. My visit coincided with the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival and, along with seeing some fancy dancing at the powwow and a eating buffalo burger at the Fort Hall Casino diner, I stopped by Clyde’s place. He had two tipis up in his yard, their folds rippling in the breeze. Another friend, Colby Wilk, happened to be in town too, and Clyde gave us both a tour of one tipi. It provided a great lesson in how every item you can name has a story, all you have to do is find it.

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