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February
Čqʷosqn Spq̓niʔ (Coldest Month)

This is the month that our people regarded as the coldest month of the year. They called it čqʷosqn because it meant it was very very cold. The weather was often below zero during this month and the snow deep. This month was a long hard time for the Indian people. In some years we would almost ran out of stored foods - the dried roots and berries and other foods we gathered the previous year. We usually located our winter camps near good fishing places like Nč̓mqné (polson) so that we always had a good supply of fish including Bull Trout as big as three feet in length.
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