Chum Salmon by Dennis Allen, Skokomish
Dennis Allen, Skokomish
silkscreen, printers proof
21" h x 19" w paper size
The First Nation Salmon symbol represents abundance, fertility, prosperity and renewal. For thousands of years, Salmon have been the primary food source for Northwest Coast Native Americans and are highly respected.
Dennis Allen is a member of the Skokomish (Twana) Tribe. He was born in Shelton Washington in 1935. He is the son of William Allen and Rose Pulsifer (Allen). He Grandfather, Henry Allen, was one of the last carvers on the Skokomish Reservation.
His Grandmother was blind, so he took on the role of being her provider and caregiver. At an early age he learned how to hunt and fish…[and]…to make baskets…prepare traditional foods, gather materials and medicines, listen to legends, and take part in canoe carving.
He has developed his own style to coincide with the many legends that have been passed down to him. He creates from his heart, and enjoys every piece that he creates. He looks forward to expanding his career in many different mediums and dimensions. He continues to be an active community member and feels honored to take part of the revival of the Salish Art.