Giving Is Our Bank
Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very
large house. They told me it was a bank,
and that the white men place their money
there to be taken care of, and that by and
by they got it back, with interest.
We are Indians, and we have no such bank;
but when we have plenty of money or blankets,
we give them away to other chiefs and people,
and by and by they return them, with interest,
and our hearts feel good. Our way of
giving is our bank.
source: Maquinna, Nootka Chief
image: Eddie’s Image Collection, Nootka Woman
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