Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Good Journey, Bad Journey

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Throughout Oregon and northern California, the sacred number is five. Ceremonies and feasts last for five days and five nights.

On the left, the five footprints indicate a good journey.

On the right, the six footprints mean a bad journey. Any number other than five would mean the same thing.

Sacred numbers vary across North America. A basic knowledge of local culture is essential to translate this message correctly.