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March- k̓ʷsixʷ spq̓ni (The Month of The Geese)
When the geese were spotted flying in from the south that was a good sign that the winter months were coming to an end. It was time to look ahead to warmer weather. During the first part of the month, some of the people would go to certain lakes to snag, and trap fish. The people would be preparing for their hunting trips, berry picking and root digging. This is also when ƛ̓čƛ̓a (Blackbirds) would be arriving.



Dates of interest:

March 2: 1945, Louis Charlo, private first class in the US.Marines, killed on Iwo Jima. Six days after he shares with three other Marines the distinction of being the first americans to scale Mount Surabachi on Iwo Jima. He was killed in action on the same island at the age of 18. He was a descendant of chief Martin Charlo. Louis and three companions made history February 24, 1945 by reaching the highest point of 566 ft. Mount Surabachi two hours before a patrol marked its capture by planting an american flag there. Louis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Charlo.

March 5: Chief Victor dies and his son Charlo succeeds him.

March 16: US. Government agrees to allot each indian 160 acres.

March 22: Fort Conah is founded as a Trading Post among the Flatheads

Lesson of the week

The Salish sound represented by the q̓ʷ is the glottalized counterpart of the qʷ for audio examples of this pronunciation see our guide book.

q̓ʷiq̓ʷáy - Buffalo

q̓ʷeyyq̓ʷó - To race

ʔes móq̓ʷ - A hill
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