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Lesson of the month
Sx̣ʷeli Spq̓ni - Month of Camas
This month is when the Camas is ready to dig. The Camas is baked in the ground for three days. During this month the Salish people made bark bags for berry picking. The bark was taken from lodge pole and cedar trees. They were careful not to take too much off any one tree so it would not kill the tree. Tipi poles were cut during this month also because the poles peeled easily. When the wild roses bloomed, the Salish knew that the buffalo were nice and fat. Also, when strawberries were ripe, the baby elk and deer were born.
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