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Mourning Dove 1888-1936 - Salish

... everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease a herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

Mourning Dove - Salish

Children were encouraged to develop strict discipline and a high regard for sharing. When a girl picked her first berries and dug her first roots, they were given away to an elder so she would share her future success. When a child carried water for the home, an elder would give compliments, pretending to taste meat in water carried by a boy or berries in that of a girl. The child was encouraged not to be lazy and to grow straight like a sapling.

Mourning Dove - Salish

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