|Every activity and cultural practice fitted into a “seasonal cycle or round.” There was a pattern to this movement. It was a purposeful journey rather than random wandering. Families and bands traveled to their usual and accustomed places for hunting, fishing, and harvesting roots and plants.
Seasons varied from year to year. Activities depended on weather conditions; when plants matured, and when fish ran. The Nimiipuu lived on dried foods through the winter. In spring, they gathered the early plants and roots growing in the low river valleys. As the spring run of the Chinook salmon started, the men began to fish. As the snow melted in the mountains and the early run of salmon ended, bands moved to higher elevations.