The Nisqually people

The Nisqually people

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  • The Nisqually people depended on the warm, wet enviroment to nurture the foods of their habitat.
  • It ripened the camas on the prairies and the hazelnuts in the lowland meadows.
  • The sunshine in the spring, the summer and fall helped the Nisqually to dry the assorted foodstuffs they had gathered so they could store them for winter. This would be enough to nourish them for the winter. To get the food, the often had to go on long treks to get it. After the animal was killed, itś fur would be put on racks to be tanned.
  • These are filled with food.
  • followed by the winter months spent in giving thanks and addressing their spirit powers for the gifts provided for them, for there where not stores to make their purhases.
  • The Nisqually where alone in their effort to provide for their families. From their cedar homes - hewn giant red cedar trees - and from their warm beds the Nisqually enjoyed the winter months.
  • That was the way it was before the white men came to Nisqually counrty.
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