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The papoose
Vol. I. No. 2. (January, 1903)

The Chilthcat blanket,   pp. 20-22


Page 21

CHILTHCAT BLANKET OWNED BY MR. L. H. BRITTIN
would never find her, and there she settled down to study
the art and craft of weaving blankets. The outlet of the lake
was a stream in which there were many rapids and falls, and
which was frequented by salmon, which made their way to
the lake.
The salmon sought many times to find Tsihooskwal-
laam, and when they found her she asked them as a special
favor to help her by not telling anyone of her new illahee
(home).   When the salmon returned to the salt chuck
(water), they told of Tsihooskwallaam's new home and the
great chief and his son set out with all possible speed, after
preparing their war canoe and providing themselves with
muck-a-muck (eatables) and many skookum (strong) river
men, to find her. Traveling according to the direction the
salmon had given them, they arrived at the lake, and the
chief, whose name was Num-Kil-slas, proposed to Tsihoosk-
wallaam that she marry his son Gunnuckets, to which she
consented, providing the chief and his son would agree to
remain with her and never leave the premises during her
life; to which they agreed. After the marriage and feast,
they settled down to work on blankets.  They asked
Tsihooskwallaam where she obtained the material for mak-
ing these blankets, and she answered that she hunted moun-
tain goats in the mountains, from which she derived the
material; the next day at tenas sun (daybreak) she would
'take Gunnuckets with her, where he could hunt the moun-


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