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Local American heritage. Contents: Legacy Of The Raven, hyperlinks To The Supernatural, and Encounters With The Iron humans.
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Example, said a special prayer to the you, Swimmers, you Supernatural Ones, that you have lives, after year. salmon caught each season, were thought to be leaders, capable of influencing wife of a Kwakiutl fisherman, for was surrounded with of the prey and ensure that the routinely cleaned fish and pre- provided by the men of places, fish could be dried for storage after cleaning simply by hanging the strips on racks in the sun. This technique worked best at sites well inland from the coast, where persistent sun- shine and dry winds could preserve a fresh catch of salmon within a matter of days.
Osity, most people not only to enrich their lives through came of flesh and fiber from want but also had the leisure lived free artistry a village and ceremony. From the simple life of great complexity Dependent as they were on the sea and ples constructed their villages either its creatures, gifts and elegance. most coastal peo- on sheltered ocean harbors or along Such settlements, which rivers or estuaries that lay close to the sea. many might have as few as 50 inhabitants or as as several hundred, con- sisted of one or two rows of houses and other structures -smokehouses, sweat lodges, storage sheds, and special seclusion huts and childbirth-built ing menstruation the villages sometimes stretched which aged parallel to the shore.
KEEPERS OF THE TOTEM could watch over the child eternally. Valued slaves nursed back to health, but those ther use might be left in the woods Ranked above the slaves and the who for nobility. The who were ill were to perish. in the social hierarchy nobility consisted of chiefs often served the community who became too old or infirm to be of fur- were the commoners and in prestigious their close relatives, positions-as shamans, who had only own menial labor, example, or as warriors. The commoners were those distant ties to a chief.