SALMON – ABUNDANCE, PROSPERITY & DETERMINATION
Salmon is a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon is the primary food source for Northwest Coastal people, representing the ability to provide for your family. Salmon are Supernatural beings who give up their life to feed our people. We hold them in high esteem and honour their return every year. Out of respect, ceremonies are often held by the Northwest Coast people to celebrate the return of the Salmon to their traditional spawning grounds.
Salmon can be identified in Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art by their fish shaped body with curved beak-like mouth, a squared off dorsal fin, tail and scale form-line. Female Salmon are depicted with circles in the body which represent eggs, while males have a more pronounced beak.
Image by Haisla, Heiltsuk artist, Mervin Windsor, compliments of Native Northwest.