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Tribal Lore Dedication Ceremony at Circling Raven Golf Club in Idaho

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WORLET, ID. - Circling Raven Golf Club and its sterling 18 holes are being dedicated Saturday and receiving a unique name in Tribal Lore.  Each name will be in accordance with the traditions, culture, history, and even humor of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

From "Gallops on the Logs," the 513-yard, par five first hole, to "Steals the Horses," the 426-yard, par four 15th, the course will have a different character through its names.

Resort and tribal officials, elders, golfers, and guests will all be at the dedication ceremony Saturday morning.  Basalt monuments will have the names in both English and Schitsu'umsh, the tribal language, and two other basalt pieces will feature tribal lore and mark the course's founding in 2003.

"We've thought about this and worked on it for some time," said Director of Golf Dave Christenson.  "We appreciate the contributions from tribal elders, from our own Cultural Affairs Director Cliff SiJohn, and from the experts at the tribe's language department.  We wanted to do it right.  We wanted to have a strong tribal influence here at the golf course.  I believe we have."

The dedication ceremony will include prayers, a smudging with sweetgrass, and traditional tribal drum and song.

More than 100 participants, mostly tribal members from throughout the Northwest, will be on hand before teeing off in the Speelya ( Coyote ) Invitational Golf Tournament.

"As a tribal member and as a golfer, I really look forward to the ceremony," said Laura Stensgar, Marketing Director at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel.  "The names offer a strong traditional stamp on our very popular golf course."

A Look At Raven's Names

It begins with "Gallops on the Logs" and ends with "Schitsu'umsh."  With history, culture, traditions, and of course, golf in mind, Circling Raven's lauded 18 will each have a name.

"This is something that tribal members and golfers have talked about since the course opened four years ago," said Chief Executive Officer Dave LaSarte-Meeks. "Circling Raven is a special place, a special golf course.  Our staff has put in a good deal of effort and care with this project.  We're ready to share the results with the tribe and with the golfing world."

With the train tracks and Union Pacific's passing three times a day, three days a week, the name of the first hole came easily.  "Train", literally translated in Coeur d'Alene language, comes out as "Gallops on the Logs."

Hole 1 - Gallops on the Logs ( Train ) - chdlamalqw - That's what the train does here, as described in tribal language.  It represents great power and great change as you begin your experience with us.

Hole 2 - Sneak Up - tshelch'ntm - Be alert here and look around you.  Double bogey sneaks up before you know it.

Hole 3 - Grassy - sq'a'q'i'ts'u'lmkhw - The natural Palouse grasses adorn the hole in shades of green, amber, and copper.  They are for your eyes, not your golf ball.

Hole 4 - Twisted Earth - s'lpst'ulikhw - Just as Twisted Earth found his way home, you will find your way to the green on the high road or the low, each with it's challenges.

Hole 5 - Circle Dance - tshelchnts - Stay high in power of the circle, and play this one in friendship.

Hole 6 - Bear Paw- sts'u'shis hanlamqe' - The Bear left his mark in the sand.  We hope you don't.

Hole 7 - Humming Bird - stbembm - Your shot may hover for a while, above the green and the wetland.  Listen for the birds around you.

Hole 8 - Snow on the Mountain - mqhwqin - Great leaders made this all happen.  Other, older great leaders, made them happen.  We honor that tradition.

Hole 9 - Grandmother ( Father's Mother ) - qhipe' - She is the teacher, the lesson giver.  Pay attention here, or the lesson is harsh.

Hole 10 - Moose Crossing - 'edi'k'w khwa qhasi'qs - Moose comes here to watch us.  He leads the way to be in your gallery.

Hole 11 - Porcupine - sk'uk'we'l - We use the quills for beauty, decoration, and medicine, but there can also be pain.  Watch out.

Hole 12 - Grandfather ( Father's Father ) - qhipe' - The old ones walked here.  Their arms embrace us all.

Hole 13 - Medicine Man - t'ek'wilsh - His life, like this hole, is difficult and secluded.  He offers strength.  It will be good to talk to him before you tee off.

Hole 14 - Cradleboard - ch'ele' - The innocent hole; a chance to feel young again.

Hole 15 - Steals the Horses - 'anaq'uq'w khwe'schiche' - A good horse stealing is done with much thought and much daring.  You will need both.

Hole 16 - Wildflower - sgwarpu'lmkhw - They grow here in abundance.  They point the way home.

Hole 17 - Coyote - smiyiw - He is a trickster.  Play him smart or he will tell on you.

Hole 18 - Schitsu umsh - schitsu'umsh - The Discovered People.  Now you have discovered us.  The Raven will circle you forever, and we welcome you home.

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