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Traditional Stories

The Halq'emeylem word for oral history or traditional story is sxwoxwiyam . Oral history is an important part of the contemporary Stó:lō world. For example, according to traditional stories, when the Transformers were finished with their work and the land was similar to what we know now, a flood came and forced the people up into the nearby mountains and hills. This story gives context to the Stó:lō contemporary world. Variations of this story exist throughout Coast Salish territories. Archaeology has been utilized in various cases to prove the realities in traditional stories. Oral history is not necessarily the same as myth. Many traditional stories, such as this one, are the 'telling' of actual events from the past.

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