June 28 – Some Enchanted Island

Oododem made by the Salish people (My camera)

Oododem made by the Salish people
(My camera)

The Salish are Native Americans who live in Puget Sound. Their language is known as “lushtoseed” or “salt water language” due to their proximity to the ocean. Before Europeans settled the area, the Salish fished for salmon in cedar canoes and built huge lodges out of cedar logs. Some trees were turned into what we call totem poles and they call odoodem; the carvings on each pole tell a story about the carver’s family or their beliefs. Cedar was also used for baskets, hats, and even clothing! In addition, they farmed goats and dogs for their fur, which was spun into wool and woven into rugs and blankets.

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