ElderYou go back, you go back, I guess, a very long time ago, before the cedar tree was even growing on mother-earth. There was a chief that used to look after people, his people, and he provided for them, and he looked after them, he fed them, and he almost did everything to make sure that they had a good life, and they existed in a good way. And when he was ready to die, he said that, "You bury me in a certain place, and from my grave will sprout this, this tree. And after I'm gone, this tree will look after you. You take whatever you need from this tree, and it will provide for you."

And this big cedar tree grew. There was never any cedar trees on mother-earth before, but the cedar tree grew, and the people learned how to use every part of that tree, to take the place of the man that looked after them. So the bark was used for their clothing, their baskets, and anything they could make out of it; the wood was used to make your homes; the roots were made to make your baskets; and the cedar boughs are very important today to our people, where they have the power to brush illnesses off of you. So many of our elders that have acquired the skills and the gift of helping people, they do, they use the cedar boughs, to brush sickness away from you, or to find out where your sickness is. And that's the real story of the cedar tree.

Every bit of the cedar tree is used today by our people to survive in this society. Maybe it happened centuries ago, you know, but, today, the cedar tree is very important to our people, you know, transportation and everything else.

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