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The place of animals and plants in the Kumeyaay universe and cosmology is integrally linked to the people themselves.  For the Kumeyaay there was a time when animals and humans were much more closely aligned, animals talked and possessed more human characteristics and human held more animalistic traits.  Unlike most Western societies and culture, the animals and insects of the Kumeyaay world possess special powers and values well beyond their size, physical attributes, or plumage.

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