"When you take something from the earth, you must give something back."
Indigenous storytellers spin a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, about Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish. Her dish holds beautiful foods from around the world but careful, stealing from her is dangerous business because Th'owxiya has developed a taste for children. When Th’owxiya catches a hungry mouse, Kw'atel, stealing a piece of cheese from her mouth she demands two child spirits be brought for her to eat or else, she will eat Kw'atel's whole family. Suitable for all ages.
By Joseph A. Dandurand