Phoebe Mason with salmon catch, 1949 Photo: carver Collection Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Salmon: Cycles of Life in
Northwest Interior Washington
A joint effort of the Center for Pacific Northwest
Studies, Western Washington University, and the Whatcom Museum of
History and Art of Bellingham, the project traces the cultural
heritage of salmon fishing and its impact on northwest interior
Washington over the past two centuries. Through historical texts,
photos, oral histories, video clips, a written report and other
materials, this project documents the folkways of the different
ethnic communities (Native Americans, European Americans, and Asian
Americans) as they relate to the consumption and perception of the
fish at various historical junctures. Most recently, the
recognition of salmon as a cultural resource has provoked efforts
to restore declining salmon stocks and to rejuvenate the commercial
salmon fishing industry.
Originally submitted by: Jack Metcalf, Representative (2nd District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.