Alfred “Bud” Lane III, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Alfred “Bud” Lane III, of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is a language and traditional arts instructor. He teaches students the Siletz Dee-ni dialect of the Athabaskan language, as well as traditional basket weaving and regalia making. Here, Bud speaks about the history of the Siletz Dance House movement and how language is essential to culture.

Video by Charlie Weber
Editing by Sara Legg and Charlie Weber

  • Patricia Whetstone

    Thanks to Bud Lane, KathyKenta-Robinson, Joe Scott, and Cova St. Onge, students at our school have been learning Dee-Ni and celebrating their cultural identity in a most positive way! The Dee-Ni language expresses much in the realm of cultural, familial, and ceremonial aspects of Siletz life and is essential to the culture. Glad there is this unique opportunity for others across America to experience other languages and cultures.

    • Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      We are honored that all of them will be joining us at the Festival this year!