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  • sstoth0
    Dec 17, 2013
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      TRADITION


      The Tolowa had a tradition

      Never set up camp

      in the low area by the ocean

      at what is now 

      the south edge of town

      or a big wave might come

      & wash your camp away

      Most people who heard this

      thought it was a quaint superstition 

      or tall tale at best


      Then in March of 1964

      came the night of the tsunamis 

      The sea rushed in washing ocean front 

      buildings all the way to third street

      Now you’d think some people

      might want to ask if there are

      any other Tolowa superstitions

      I mean traditions

      the rest of us should know about

      but thus far it seems no one has


      Steve Toth