KEKSÍN TI SYATSHN (the Natural World)
mvt 1 – Snewíyalh tl’a Stakw (Teachings of the Water)

by T. Patrick Carraré

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Ḵeḵsín ti syatshn
(This basket – we’re all in it together)

Snewíyalh tl’a Stakw
(teachings of the Water)

(we are all connected)

1.     Keksín ti syatshn (The Natural World): The meaning of the title (all of us in the same basket) reveals our relationship to one another, while the text eslhelhá7kwhiws (how everything is connected) shows that we are also related to the natural world. Water nourishes the land, and the land gives us medicine. Rivers and creeks are like our veins – they carry water to the heart of the earth and nurture the plants and animals.

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  1. Keksín ti syatshn (The Natural World)
  2. Kwis na xwey (Birth)
  3. Shúkw’em (Ceremony)
  4. Slúlum (Song)
  5. Úxwumixw (Identity)