Because the inheritance of names, property, privileges and wealth often depended upon distant witnesses, travel was integral to numerous social situations. In the past, trails and waterways were not only vital for trade networks, but also for social responsibilities. Stó:lō peoples had and still have relationships within their own communities, with the land, with the communities that surround them, with the plants and animals that co-exist upon the landscape, and with the spiritual world that exists within their reality. All of these relationships are interconnected.

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