Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Photos from: Native Americans traveled trails before white settlers arrived

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Tim Ryan displayes a traditional Salish digging stick which he described as essentially a crowbar to lever roots out of the ground. Made from heavy, dense oceanspray wood, a plant relatively abundant in Swan Valley, it had an elk handle attached with elk rawhide. The traditional berry basket was made from cedar trees. Ryan said the Condon Work Center has a number of scarred cedar trees on its property. They are still living because the elders said never to cut totally around the tree because that would kill it.

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