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The Essence of Life

Published: September 25, 2010, Author: JayTaber

IN EACH VILLAGE WERE GREAT HOUSES SOME SEVENTY FEET BY FIFTY FEET OF CLEAR ROOF SPAN, WITH GRACEFULLY FLUTED POSTS AND BEAMS, IN THE HOUSES THERE WAS WEALTH — NOT GOLD OR PRECIOUS STONES — BUT TREASURES THAT ONLY GREAT TRADITIONS, TALENT, AND SOMETIMES GENIUS, WITH UNLIMITED TIME AND DEVOTION, CAN CREATE…THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHWEST COAST WERE RICH. THEIR SEA EVEN RICHER; THEY WERE ENORMOUSLY ENERGETIC, AND THEY CENTERED THEIR SOCIETY AROUND WHAT WAS TO THEM THE ESSENCE OF LIFE: WHAT WE NOW CALL “ART”.

Out of the Silence by Adelaide de Menil and William Reid

Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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