Unformatted text preview: spiritually. The story of Dirty Face consists of a man who lives with his in-laws who has a very dirty face because he brings in the wood. The family repeatedly asks Dirty Face to clean his face off but he refuses to do so. Finally he agrees to wash his face and as he is doing so the south wind and rain both pick up, the mountain snow melts resulting in the world being flooded. Before I continue my reading I must note that I don’t understand why this story is so important in the Coast Salish community. I guess one reason the story is told is so that children have better hygiene. This myth as explained is in song form. It has a melodic range and a specific meter making it a song. There are many variations of this song but all share the same background. I would like to hear most of these stories personally at one of the seasonal events. I want to see how myths like this one can be sung and what instruments accompany them....
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- Spring '11
- Music, Coast Salish, dirty face, Coast Salish people