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Thousands of years ago, at the beginning of Takelma Indian time, when the Great Dragonfly called Daldal brought the Salmon Ceremony to Ti’lomikh Falls on the river that is now called the Rogue, there were two stone chairs. The first was a natural stone seat at the base of the falls called the Story Chair, where the elders of the Takelma would net the first salmon of the spring to share among all the Tribes. The second chair was a stone on the riverbank called the Storytelling Stone, where the story of the Great Dragonfly and the Salmon Ceremony was told. The Salmon Ceremony was a living story that brought peace to all the people.The long peace was broken when New People came and found a yellow-colored fever stone that was more important to them than salmon, more important to them than anything. Takelma means “People of the River,” but the New People called the Takelma “Rogues,” which means savage, and called themselves “Exterminators.” The New People killed the People of the River to take the yellow fever stone.Over the years the New People gradually realized that they too are People of the River. The S …

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Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.


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