Native Word: Julie Cajune
Julie Cajune is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. She holds a bachelor's in elementary education and a master's in bilingual education. Julie was the first to teach the Salish language in the school system on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. She is also the executive director of the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research of the Heartlines Project. She was profiled in UTNE Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Julie is the executive producer for Heart of the Bitterroot and also produced and directed the film Remembering the Songs. These projects were undertaken with the assistance of a generous grant awarded to her by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Julie says, “In all of this, I’m hoping to get young people to think about music in a different way, and maybe think about other traditions and learn about them. And for Indian kids, my hope is that they might get curious or involved in the music traditions of their own community.”
Recently, Production Assistant Tobias Grant (Omaha) talked with Julie about her background, her experience as an educator, as well as, her video and music projects.