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Artist / Maker : Preston, Mark ; Tenna Tsa Teh
Title : Salmon People
Date (Execution) : 2007
Geographical Origin : Dawson, Yukon, Canada
Cultural Group : Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : serigraph
Support / Technique : paper; screen print
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Narrow horizontal rectangular composition depicting salmon swimming and laying red eggs. Some aquatic grass (green) is at the bottom of the image. Red, green, black and white colour scheme.
Accession # : U014.3.484
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 25.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "There was a time when First Nations thought of the salmon as being people. If anything, this idea evoked a reverence for all living things. Today, the very few practice this idea. Now, more than any time in history, we all face the same fate. Unless we can turn our appetites of these living creatures. Now ever the First Nations want to compete for commercial rights to fish the already stressed numbers of the salmon populations. So what can any of us do about the future of our planet's resources? Is there hope for the salmon? Are we seeing with clear minds or have we sealed our destiny? I choose to believe that we see and are willing to make the life-giving changes in our daily routines. And as time will reveal, we will respect all living creatures and remember how to treat them. We will teach our children to live well with the other people... to give ourselves over to the living. Our spirit is strong, like the salmon people. This print is dedicated to the depleting salmon stocks. Like our forests, we are literally destroying the fish. Recently we have witnessed the bear population foraging for food in rural areas and are starving. As a result, bears are not hibernating when they should be. Many other things in the natural world are making shifts. Some blame global warming. The sad truth of the matter: it is the growing populations and with that grievous demand on its natural resources. Wait, there is hope. We can make a difference in the way we do things... because we know what the result will be if we don't do something. Long before the man I was here to tell the stories from the great waters to the streams of the far north our dreams gave way to a soft calling our spirit is strong our spirit is the flesh that nourishes the souls of your children's children it is in our great numbers that gives all the living its confidence long before man the eagles knew as do the ravens each sitting, waiting in turn respecting the other long before the man we were here to tell the stories."