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First fish, first people : salmon tales of the North Pacific rim

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"The arc of land and water forming the North Pacific Rim is a cut lace work of rivers running to the great ocean. The salmon, sacred to people who lived along the pathways of its journey, once engo...

"The arc of land and water forming the North Pacific Rim is a cut lace work of rivers running to the great ocean. The salmon, sacred to people who lived along the pathways of its journey, once engorged these rivers, but no more. Thirteen writers from cultures profoundly connected to salmon were asked to write about "the fish of the gods" from both a historical and a contemporary perspective." "These writers from two continents and four countries are Ainu from Japan; Nyvkh from Sakhalin; Ulchi from Siberia; Okanagan and Coastal Salish from Canada; and Makah, Warm Springs and Spokane from the United States. Their writing celebrates the blessedness and mourns the loss of the salmon while alerting us to current dangers and conditions."--BOOK JACKET.

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edited by Judith Roche and Meg McHutchison
Format
Books
Publication
  • First edition
  • Seattle, Wash. : One Reel : University of Washington Press, [1998]
  • ©1998
Physical Details
  • 199 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBNs
9780295977393, 0295977396
OCLC
ocm38879379

  • Map of the North Pacific Rim on endpapers.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-193).

  • Sherman Alexie -- The Powwow at the End of the World -- That Place Where Ghosts of Salmon Jump -- Shigeru Kayano -- Traditional Ainu Life: Living Off the Interest -- Kamuy Yukar: My Village Painted on the Face of the Sky -- Shiro Kayano -- Who Owns the Salmon? -- Gloria Bird -- Images of Salmon and You -- Kettle Falls on the Columbia, Circa 1937 -- Illusions -- Mieko Chikappu -- Salmon Coming Home in Search of Sacred Bliss -- Elizabeth Woody -- Tradition with a Big "T" -- TWANAT, to follow behind the ancestors -- Conversion -- Nadyezhda Duvan -- The Ulchi World View -- Temu - The God of the Waters and the Ritual to the Salmon -- Ulchi Clan Creation Myths -- The Anga Clan Legend -- The Salmon Spirit -- Nora Marks Dauenhauer -- Five Slices of Salmon. 1. Introduction. 2. Trolling. 3. Dryfish Camp. 4. Raven, King Salmon and the Birds. 5. How to Make Good Baked Salmon from the River. 6. Salmon Egg Puller - $2.15 an Hour -- Ito Oda with Tomo Matsui -- Traveling by Dugout on the Chitose River and Sending the Salmon Spirits Home: Memoir of an Ainu Woman -- Sandra Osawa -- The Makah Indians -- The Politics of Taking Fish -- Vladimir M. Sangi -- The Nyvkhs -- At the Source -- Lee Maracle -- Where Love Winds Itself Around Desire -- Jeannette C. Armstrong -- Unclean Tides: An Essay on Salmon and Relations -- Shigeru Kayano -- The Fox's Plea: An Ainu Fable
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