First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim

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A collection of literary and visual art in various forms that together demonstrate the millennia-old relationship of this most sacred of fishes to the lives and identities of the Native peoples of the North Pacific Rim.

Available in paperback only.  Judith Roche and Meg McHutchison, eds., First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim. b/w photos and drawings.

First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim is a work of art, a collection—of poems, narratives, traditional and contemporary stories, essays, line drawings, traditional designs and stunning historical and contemporary black-and-white photos—that together demonstrate the millennia-old relationship of this most sacred of fishes to the lives and identities of the Native peoples of the North Pacific Rim. The writers and tellers, from two continents and four countries, are Ainu from Japan, Nyvkh from Sakhalin, Ulchi from Siberia; and Okanagan, Tlingit, Coast Salish, Makah, Warm Springs, Colville, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene from North America. On the cover is a detail from an intricately rendered oil painting by Alfredo Arreguin called “Last Salmon Run.” Here, adult salmon, sparkling and jewel-like, are desperately trying to leap over the falls so that they can spawn and die in the place of their birth. Like this image, First Fish, First Peoples is both a mourning song for what hyper-industrialized society has destroyed, and a prayer that the precious wild salmon will survive.