Npustin (N poo steen meaning “to bring what’s in the heart into the world”) is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Julie Cajune that offers educational opportunities to celebrate indigenous arts, history and culture. Npustin’s work is not only innovative; it’s vital. One of Npustin’s goals is to bring artists to the Flathead Reservation to introduce arts to the community as a valid way to make a living. Npustin supports artists and scholars with fair compensation and provides rural communities with humanities and arts programs they may not otherwise have.
KwKwusm (coo-coo sum meaning “star” in Salish) Theater Project, a program of Npustin, is an American Indian Theater project that has cultivated American Indian theater workshops and original staged readings on the Flathead Reservation since the early 2000’s. In the summer of 2012, it got its name and “a star was born.” The focus of the project is to cultivate, nurture and present original work written by American Indian people that is performed by community theater performers on the reservation.