This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
Steel Silhouette Salmon King by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nations.
Salmon King depicts Bear and Salmon with Bentwood Box. Bear is the protector of the Forest who is holding our most precious resource on the Pacific Northwest coast, the Salmon. Salmon is the primary food source for coastal Indigenous peoples and is considered a symbol of perseverance, wealth and providing for your family. Once Salmon was also a symbol of abundance because they were so plentiful, however we can no longer consider this true. In recent years, Salmon runs have been severely depleted due to changes in our environment, pollution and over fishing.
Salmon King is a reminder how important our precious resources are – the forest, the water and our animal kingdom. The bentwood box is a symbol of things we cherish in this life.