Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Sacred Trust

In the Old Time, Salmon People agreed to provide food for the Human People and the humans promised to help keep the salmon species healthy. Each year on the Rogue River, that sacred trust is honored. The first salmon of the spring run is put on a rack to dry. Bones and skin are returned to the bottom of the river. No one fishes, allowing thousands of Salmon People to swim upstream and spawn. When the first salmon has dried, the humans go fishing!

Photo: Ti'lomikh Falls on the Rogue River, home of the annual Sacred Salmon Ceremony.


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