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All Natural Wild Salmon caught and harvested the Native way.Native tribe's Fishing and harvesting salmon since early 1800's.

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NATIVE WAY

Native way of Harvesting Salmon.

Freshest Salmon around.Our Salmon are handled with poise.Keeping the highest Quality Mother Earth has to offer.

WILD ALWAYS NATURAL

All Natural Wild Salmon.

Chinook,

Sockeye,

Coho,

Steelhead


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NATIVE WAY

SALMON PEOPLE

  • The importance of the first salmon ceremony has to do with the celebration of life, of the salmon as subsistence, meaning that the Indians depend upon the salmon for their living. And the annual celebration is just that - it's an appreciation that the salmon are coming back. It is again the natural law; the cycle of life. It's the way things are and if there was no water, there would be no salmon, there would be no cycle, no food. And the Indian people respect it accordingly.
    —Antone Minthorn, Umatilla

Native Lifestyle

In Sahaptin, the word for salmon used in sacred ceremonies is “wy-kan-ush.” Also in Sahaptin, the word “pum” means “people.” The tribal cultures in the Columbia River Basin could rightly be called Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum or “Salmon People” for how completely these sacred fish shaped their culture, diets, societies, and religions.

Visit the Celilo Longhouse on the banks of the Columbia River during their annual First Salmon feast and you’ll probably be struck by how much reverence is paid to the fish. There is the smell of cooking salmon hovering in the air, tantalizing visitors with its savory aroma. The longhouse throbs with ancient songs of thanksgiving for wy-kan-ush—songs that have been sung up and down the Columbia River for thousands of years. From the fishnets lying on the ground to the fish stories of tribal fishers, there is no question that salmon are at the center of this gathering. It is difficult if not impossible to come away from the First Salmon ceremony without seeing the salmon in a different light. Salmon are one of the most important aspects of tribal culture.

SALMON WAY

To call salmon a staple of the tribal diet would be an understatement. Historically, the typical tribal member ate almost a pound of salmon every day, but salmon represented much more than a source of nutrition—they shaped our societies and our religions.From a tribal legend, we learn that when the Creator was preparing to bring forth people onto the earth, He called a grand council of all creation. From them, He asked for a gift for these new creatures—a gift to help the people survive, since they would be quite helpless and require much assistance from them all. The very first to come forward was Salmon, who offered his body to feed the people. The second to come forward was Water, who promised to be the home to the salmon. In turn, everyone else gathered at the council gave the coming humans a gift, but it is significant that the very first two were Salmon and Water. In accordance with their sacrifice, these two receive a place of honor at traditional feasts throughout the Columbia Basin. These ceremonies always begin with a blessing on and the drinking of water, followed by a prayer of thanksgiving on and the serving of wy-kan-ush, the salmon. This ceremony reinforces the central role that salmon and water play in the health of Indian people and their culture.

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KOA Winds Salmon Company

1140 Wall St. Ste 1728 La Jolla 92038

(408) 355-4180

Hours

Monday - Friday: 6am - 2pm

Saturday: 6am-Noon

Sunday: Appt. Only