First Peoples

Siya? the Weaver

Siya? became the food chief by volunteering in an old story. She continues to volunteer, by offering fruit. She wants us to take it, so we will spread her seeds.  One of her other lessons is that not all her fruit is ripe at once, which spreads her season out and ensures that there is some warning of ripeness.  Even if the birds or deer or humans come, there will be some fruit left for all.

As she climbs the slopes, this effect is amplified, with a seasonal spread of over a month as you climb from the valley bottom to the top. In this way, she leads you to the high country, where all the food is in the summer heat. In this way, you can survive it, while the real desert survivors in the valley ripen in preparation for your return in the fall, when you need the shelter of the heat that still gathers there.

One of the beauties of this old story is that it continues to be told. If you have forgotten it, you can learn it again and again and again. Another remarkable thing about Siya? is her extraordinary genetic variability. No two plants are the same. They are not even close. This means that every Siya? bush is as variable as the berries in her clusters.

When you find a particularly fruitful bush, you will not only remember it, but those are the seeds you spread. In this way, Siya? and you grow deeper and deeper into the land and she moves closer and closer to the sites where you live and wander. Well, not just you. Birds and deer too.

More: We are all dressed in our finery and waiting for the feast.  This weaves us all together. Siya? does this.

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