Swimming Salmon Panel by David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian
Swimming Salmon Panel by David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian hand carved red cedar, pigment 24" tall x 8" wide x 1" deep
Salmon is a crest symbol of the Tsimshian of Metlakatla, AK. Salmon symbolizes abundance, fertility, prosperity and renewal. For thousands of years, Salmon have been the primary food source for Northwest Coast Native American and First nation people, and thus are highly respected.
Some People of the Pacific Northwest coast believed that Salmon are immortal humans who live in villages deep under the ocean. In the springtime, these immortal humans put on Salmon disguises to offer themselves as food to the people. After the Salmon were eaten the people would put the full fish skeleton back in the water in the belief that its spirit would rise again and turn back into Salmon people, thus creating the cycle of life.