Skunk Cabbage

Terry Shumaker

Astoria, United States

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In the ancient days, they say, there were no salmon. The People had nothing to eat, save roots and leaves. The most generous of the plants was the simple skunk cabbage. Finally the spring salmon came for the first time. The People said ‘Here come our relatives whose bodies are full of eggs.’

‘If it had not been for me, the People would have starved."
’Who speaks to us?’ asked the salmon.
’Your uncle, Skunk Cabbage," was the reply.

Then the salmon went ashore to see him, and as a reward for having fed the People, he was given an elk-skin blanket and a war club, and was set in the rich, soft soil near the river.

Kathlamet Indian story.

Skunk cabbage flower, Ecola State Park, Oregon.

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