Annual Salmon Ceremony

May 12th, 2018

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     Salmon Ceremony/Celebration & Friendship Pot Luck (16th annual )


    When: May 12, 2018 Noon.... Mountain Time


    Why: To welcome back the return of our Chinook Salmon to their ancestral waters.


    Where: Spring Bar Campground/Boat launch (aprox 10 miles E of Riggins on the big Salmon River road.) Call for more detailed directions.


    Two Nations Fish Gathering – Communion with Nature & Each Other

    This Fish Nation commemoration was started by a small group of local river guides from the Riggins community in 2002. From inception, First Nation Nez Perce people were invited to join us to welcome the fish back to their primal waters. It is a sacred, alcohol free, non-commercial, non-political, pure and simple grassroots get-together to celebrate the Chinook Salmon’s annual return. They are the name sake to the Salmon River and have been returning to these ancestral waters for centuries. We wish to honor their continued gift to all people and celebrate its iconic importance to the great circle of all life cycles and seasons.


    The celebration is also a touchstone event to help remember treaty obligations and the importance of maintaining the integrity of all major elements that shape the human landscape of our area. This face to face event is intended as another personalized way to continue fostering healthier relationships between two sovereign nations with a stormy past. In today’s world, and the many human cultures that share common natural resources together, how we move forward to create a collective history together is important.


    The Ceremony: Nez Perce representatives will conduct First Nations ceremonies to help unite all people to the land, water, fish, and wildlife.


    The Two Nations collective ceremony: Includes a riverside salmon ceremony, 3 sacred boat circles in the eddy at Spring Bar. A closing “talk circle,” and a final potluck. This friendship feast is an informal visiting session and get-to-know your neighbor finale.


    Sacred Boat Circle: A lead dory (boat) with drummers and singers, followed by a parade of additional craft will circle the Spring Bar Salmon Eddy . Everyone is welcome to bring their own boat or raft and participate. Those who can’t bring a boat are welcome to ride, as seating allows. We will have PFDs available for those who wish to ride in a boat. (Please ask when it is appropriate to take photos during the circling of boats)


    Family oriented event, so kids are most welcome. They are the next torch carriers of our respect for the natural world, so we encourage more of them. All gifting relationships in nature are reciprocal. Fish will only return if we continue to respect them and do the right things to keep them coming back. This also means passing on that same respect to the next generation of humans. Science is sacred truth seeking. How we treat the fabric of nature matters.


    Open to all people. More event information:  Gary & Barb Lane at 208:628-3523. Call for more detailed info and for directions to Spring Bar Campground.

    ** Event starts at noon, but people are welcome to stay and visit as long as they desire.


    ** Out of respect for our guests who attend this Ceremony, we ask that people please not bring your dog. We have two we love dearly, but do not bring them to this event. If you must bring them please be respectful of other guests and either leave them in your vehicle or have them on a leash. No one likes to have a dog trying to lick their plate or running around kicking up sand.

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