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Keeper of Salish language and music passes away at 62

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PABLO - A man who kept the Salish culture alive through it's language and music died Sunday at the age of 62.

Alec Quequesah taught the Salish language at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, and inspired a younger generation to learn their native tongue and traditions.

He was also a premier native drummer and singer, founding the Pistol Creek drum group. Quequesah also taught students the old ways of making drums, tanning hides and about the traditions of the native sweathouse.

Former SKC President Joe McDonald says Alec's passing is a tremendous loss to the native culture, although Quequesah's work with the Salish language will continue through his own sons and students he's taught over the years.

Quequesah funeral is Wednesday at 11 a.m., and the Salish Kootenai College is canceling classes that day out of respect.
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