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Legends of the Secwepemc - Famine, the story of hunger

Hunger or Famine was a man with a lean body, hollow cheeks, sunken eye sockets, protruding eyes, projecting jaws and teeth, and long fingernails. He lived at the top of a high mountain which had sloping sides and had no trees or bushes. Hunger could see all the slopes of the mountains from top to bottom, except in one place halfway up, where there was a bench sticking out which he could not see. On this bench, which was open and covered a considerable area, lived the deer.

Moral or lesson to the story: 

“You must now train yourself and sleep on the mountains, so you may become wise and strong in magic power, and be able to avenge the death of your relatives”.

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