Thomas Doty – Storyteller
Good Journey, Bad Journey
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.