Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane

The World of the Schitsu'umsh

Rodney Frey and Ernie Stensgar

  • Published: July 2015
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 340 pp., 50 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

Anthropologist Rodney Frey culminates a decade of work with the Schitsu'umsh (the Coeur d'Alene Indians of Idaho) in this portrait of the unique bonds between a people and the landscape of their traditional homeland. The result of an intensive collaboration between investigator and Native people, the book includes many traditional stories that invite the reader's participation in the world of the Schitsu'umsh.

The Schitsu'umsh landscape of lake and mountains is described with a richness that emphasizes its essential material and spiritual qualities. The historical trauma of the Schitsu'umsh, stemming from their nineteenth-century contacts with Euro-American culture, is given dramatic weight. Nonetheless, examples of adaptation and continuity in traditional cultural expression, rather than destruction and discontinuity, are the most conspicuous features of this vivid ethnographic portrait.

Drawing on pivotal oral traditions, Frey mirrors the Schitsu'umsh world view in his organization and presentation of ethnographic material. He uses first-person accounts by his Native consultants to convey crucial cultural perspectives and practices. Because of its unusual methodology, Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane is likely to become a model for future work with Native American peoples, within the Plateau region and beyond.

"Frey's multidisciplinary approach uses anthropology, native oral tales, and western history and makes this interpretation of how the landscape has defined, shaped, and perpetuated the Schitsu'umsh people all the more reliable."
-Columbia, Winter 2002-03
Foreword by Ernie Stensgar, MXw Qin

Introduction to Schitsu'umsh Landscape
1. Since Time Immemorial: precontact society
2. Winds of Change: contact history
3. Preparing the World
4. Receiving the Gifts
5. Sharing the Gifts
It's Home: Conclusion

Appendix A: research considerations
Appendix B: List of plants and animals