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Artist / Maker : Preston, Mark ; Tenna Tsa Teh
Title : Salmon's Destiny
Date (Execution) : 2003
Geographical Origin : Dawson, Yukon, Canada
Cultural Group : Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Narrow horizontal rectangular composition of red, green, white and black salmon school swimming toward the right. White background.
Accession # : U014.3.483
Width (cm) : 76.00
Height (cm) : 17.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : " In the circle of things we are all dependent on other life forms. Especially dependent on the circle of salmon are we; more than we realize. The salmon has been a symbolic icon for many First Nations of North America, and now more non-aboriginal groups are seeing the spiritual and physical significance in their own lives. As a child I grew up with the knowledge that my own life was very much tied to the salmon stocks swimming up our rivers in search of spawning grounds. Our nets would be plentiful and the racks soon filled with red flesh of the salmon have dwindled, leaving many to find other sources to dry fro the long winters that we have hear in the north. As the salmon stocks are being depleted that pressure for survival drives many of the animals to search farther and farther out of their own traditional territories. Sometimes that search for food has our own paths crossing theirs. As an artist, it is my hope that as a species we curb our own demands on the natural resources that give us our very existence. If we are going to survive, then we must see our role in the natural in a positive way. While we can all see the truth and can individually agree that we need to take our part at some level in responding to his concern of cutting back the over-use of the salmon, we can also imagine the positive responses of our nature. I have chosen to believe that we are part of a great interplay with the natural world. In this depiction of a salmon-rum of playfulness, salmon great and small all swim together fulfilling their destiny." -- Mark Preston (Teh)