This is a shortened version of the now published
story that tells of Wegyet's Wife, Copperhaired woman.
Wegyet is well known for
his foolishness and greed when it comes to hunting and fishing, choosing the easy way or grabbing too much, always leading
to his downfall. He is well loved for his hijinks, and the lessons we learn from him.
was fortunate for a time in his life when he acquired Copperhaired Woman for his wife. She took such care of him that he no
longer had to worry about when he would get his next meal, he had a roof over his head - that didn't leak, warm food for his
stomach, and a woman to care for him. She had a special skill that when she beckoned, the salmon would jump out of the river
and hang themselves up in the smokehouse, this is where she spent most of her time when not waiting hand and foot on Wegyet.
After a while he got used to this comfort, and started to take it for granted and expected Copperhaired woman to be at his
beck and call. One day she did not heed his call, he yelled for her yet she did not come. Wegyet had to go looking for her
and finally checked her smokehouse. When he did not find her there he threw a fit and yanked the fish down from the hanging
sticks and stomped them into the dust. Copperhaired woman saw what he had done and that was it. She could put up with a lot
but not that, the disrespect of the gift of salmon, so she gestured to the fallen salmon and the salmon still hanging, they
reanimated and followed her back to the river. Wegyet couldn't, though he tried, to find her again. Thus he was back to finding
food on his own and wandering from place to place. This story is copyright protected, Gitxsan Intellectual property, ©gitxsan
I chose a moment in time, when Copperhaired Woman takes her salmon
and leaves Wegyet