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Lesson of the month

Sp̓éƛ̓m Spq̓níʔ
When it was time to dig bitterroot, the Chief would select a group of women to go ahead and test the root to see if it was ready. If it peeled easily, then it was ready. Before any Bitterroot was dug, a ceremony had to be conducted. This ceremony was done to ask that the Bitterroots and all plants for food or medicine be abundant and healthy. A feast of roots was collected by an appointed group. Following the ceremony, everyone is then free to dig all that they need.
People were asked not to dig any Bitterroots before the ceremony. If it was dug before the ceremony, it caused the roots to be extra bitter and scarce. Sp̓éƛ̓m was always carefully peeled, cleaned, and dried throughly before storing. Our people sometimes traded Bitterroot with other tribes for different types of food not found here.,[iframe]


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