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A Hole in the Nose saves turning into a Fish

The Southern Mewuk of the Mariposa region say:

If a person dies without a hole in his nose he will turn into a fish, but if the nose is perforated for the kun-no-wah 25 he will not turn into a fish.


Footnotes

219:25 The kun-no-wah is a short white rod of shell or stone worn in the nose by both men and women of this tribe.


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