Poem: People of Cedar and Sea
What wonders the world we live in
Such riches amidst the cedar trees
We gather together to harvest the snag
And celebrate with canoes to sail the seas.
The ocean is abundant with the mighty salmon
Whose fate is to return to spawn and die
With their bones and eyes devoured by beasts
While their seeds in the shallows lie.
Cedar trees, what things we make:
Canoes, paddles, stern, keel, house planks, cordage, baskets and clothing.
Travel, housing, papoose, protection from the elements, fear and loathing.
Food from the sea:
Salmon, shellfish, sturgeon, lamprey eel,
Dungeness crab, and lots of marine mollusks to peel.
Food from the land:
Snails, limpets, camas, tarweed seeds, roots, acorns, and berries.
Elk, deer, otter, seals, beaver, weasel, duck, duck, goose.