Stainless Steel Hoops
Each year I collect salmon vertebrae from the river banks near my home
The amount of vertebrae i am able to collect varies greatly depending on floods, fishing, the salmon population and where i am at. I never collect 'all' of the bones i find, i always leave most for the wild scavengers.
- 12 gauge stainless steel
- salmon vertebrae
- wooden beads
These hoops are Made to order, each pair will be unique - Allow 1-2 weeks for shipping
....Designed to be worn through stretched ear lobes...
Salmon die naturally after spawning : a journey which involves swimming from the ocean back to the streams and rivers where they were born. This can take days to weeks and span hundreds of miles. These amazing creatures use the last of their strength to lay or fertilize eggs before dying and fertilizing the river banks as they decay.
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.
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.
to learn more about the importance of Salmon to the Indigenous folks of the PNW : http://www.critfc.org/salmon-culture/we-are-all-salmon-people/