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As I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder

Mink and Salal

So then he goes off lookin’ for another. And the next thing he sees is the Salal. The Salal bush. Beautiful Salal bush! They’re so green and huge bushes. The beautiful berries on there. And he comes upon Salal bush, and he says, “Oh my goodness! Oh, you’re so pretty, Salal. Oh, you’re beautiful. Oh! I’d like to be with you.” And Salal says, “Oh, go away. What are you doing here? Just go away. We’re not a match.”

qɑyχ says, “Oh, I can live your life, and I’ll be happy with you. I wanna be with you.” And Salal says, “I don’t think so.” And this went on, but again, qɑyχ won in the end, ’cause he was so persistent. Salal says to him, “You know, every time you put your arms around me, I will be rustling, and that’s not going to be very good.” And qɑyχ says, “Oh, that’s not a problem. That’s not a problem. It’ll be good. We’ll be happy.” So he gets together with the Salal, and sure enough, every time he’d go and give her a hug or embrace her, she would rustle, rustle, rustle. And he got pretty tired of that pretty quick. And he says to Salal, “Oh, this is not working. I’m just going to go on my way. ’Cause every time I embrace you, you’re rustle, rustle, rustle,” he says. So that was another failed adventure for him.

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