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U990.14.554
Artist / Maker : Amos, Patrick
Title : Spawning Salmon
Date (Execution) : 1985/02/27
Geographical Origin : Nootka Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Mowachaht, Nuu-chah-nulth
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Goauche
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : paintings (visual works)
Visual Description : Red, black and green salmon with a red eggs swimming through green water, printed on white paper facing toward the bottom left corner.
Accession # : U990.14.554
Width (cm) : 54.90
Height (cm) : 37.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : Salmon, an important food source, continue to be held in the highest regard by the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. According to legend, salmon are not fish, but people, living in a great magic wooden house under the sea. When they are caught and eaten they take form again in the home village. Here, age-old ceremonies surrounding the catching, cleaning, cooking and eating of fish are preformed. Salmon change colour to shades of red as they swim upstream to spawn. Although red signals the death of the individual salmon, it also heralds the renewal of life as salmon struggle, desperate to return to their birth waters and deposit their eggs, completing their life cycle. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics).