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Warm Springs Tribes Celebrate Huckleberry Season



A couple hundred members of the Warm Springs Tribes converged on Mount Hood Saturday to celebrate the huckleberry season.

Culture and heritage director Valerie Switzler said they were invited to hold an annual celebration by Mount Hood Ski Bowl a few years ago.

"Not only was it a place for us to pick huckleberries, but it was also like a pilgrimage area," she said. "This is where we took our young girls for ceremonies. And there’s sacred places there where some people say you get like your power.”

The huckleberry season came early this year.

Tribal members danced and sampled food, listened to stories and listened to the flute.

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Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety.