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The Salmon Symbol

The Native Salmon Symbol symbolizes abundance, fertility, prosperity and renewal. For thousands of years the Salmon have been the primary food source for the Northwest Coast Native Americans and are highly respected.

Salmon Symbol and First Nations

Some People of the Pacific Northwest coast believed that Salmon are actually immortal Humans who live in villages deep under the ocean. In the spring time the immortal humans put on Salmon disguises and 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 belief that the spirit would rise again and turn back into Salmon people, creating the cycle of life. In Kwakiutl Culture it is believed that to have twins was a blessing from the Salmon people and only twins had the right to perform the Salmon dance.

Native Art - The Salmon Symbol

Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery sells Salmon Symbol prints, Native American Jewelry, Salmon Native carvings, Salmon ceremonial masks, gold and silver bracelets and bentwood boxes, all inspired by the Salmon Symbol.


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