Mourning Dove or Christal Quintasket, aka Mourning Dove Salish and Christine Quintasket

Mourning Dove or Christal Quintasket, aka Mourning Dove Salish and Christine Quintasket
1888
1936

Native American Author, an Okanagan of the Colville Confederated Tribes

Author Quotes

There are two things I am most grateful for in my life. The first is that I was born a descendant of the genuine Americans, the Indians; the second, that my birth happened in the year 1888. In that year the Indians of my tribe, the Colvile (Swy-ayl-puh), were well into the cycle of history involving their readjustment in living conditions. They were in a pathetic state of turmoil caused by trying to learn how to till the soil for a living, which was being done on a very small and crude scale. It was no easy matter for members of this aboriginal stock, accustomed to making a different livelihood (by the bow and arrow), to handle the plow and sow seed for food. Yet I was born long enough ago to have known people who lived in the ancient way before everything started to change.

Children were encouraged to develop strict discipline and a high regard for sharing. When a girl picked her first berries and dug her first roots, they were given away to an elder so she would share her future success. When a child carried water for the home, an elder would give compliments, pretending to taste meat in water carried by a boy or berries in that of a girl. The child was encouraged not to be lazy and to grow straight like a sapling.

Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

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Mourning Dove or Christal Quintasket, aka Mourning Dove Salish and Christine Quintasket
Birth Date
1888
Death Date
1936
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Native American Author, an Okanagan of the Colville Confederated Tribes