Inabelle Steve Stirnemann Oral History

Inabelle Stirnemann was born in Stillwater in 1929, and grew up during a time of great cultural change. Many of her elders, like her grandmother Alice Steve (pictured here), grew up practicing traditional Toi-Ticutta lifeways. Though these elders passed their stories and knowledge onto her, Inabelle’s generation faced significant pressure to assimilate. In her interview, she talks both about the old ways and growing up during this shift. Take a listen here!

Alice Steve, Inabelle’s grandmother, Churchill County Museum Collection. Sadly, we do not currently have any photos of Inabelle herself.

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