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Legend of Tsylos

Legend of Ts'il?os
The legend of Ts'il?os (Mt. Tatlow) has been maintained through many generations by the Elders of the Xeni Gwe'tin. To them,  Ts'il?os is a place to respect.  Ts'il?os keeps watch over the people of Xeni and their territory, and his story is told here with their permission.

Long ago, before white settlers moved in, Ts'il?os was once a man. Ts'il?os had a wife named ?Eniyud. They lived in the mountains south of Konni Lake. Even though they had six children together, they had trouble getting along with one another. One day, Ts'il?os and ?Eniyud got into an argument.

?Eniyud put her baby on Ts'il?os' lap. ?Eniyud left the baby and two children with Ts'il?os and took the other three children away. In those days, divorce was forbidden, so that is why Ts'il?o turned into a rock along with the children above Xeni Lake. You can still see the baby in his lap today.

?Eniyud and her three children headed toward the Tatlayoko Valley. On her way, she planted wild potatoes. When she arrived on the other side of the Tatlayoko Valley. ?Eniyud also turned into a rock. Wherever you find wild potatoes growing, she planted them.

The Elders of Xeni Gwet'in say that if you point at Ts'il?os, he will make it rain or snow or some kind of bad luck. He will

change the weather, usually when you are on foot, horseback or when you are least prepared or expect it and are far from home. ?Eniyud is the same, but meaner. The Elders say when you try to camp around her, she will change the weather.