A dedication to the ‘Salmon Woman’

This song about the ‘Salmon Woman’ was inspired by a West Coast Indigenous story. In this tale, the Salmon Woman is a provider to the people, she sacrifices her children for our sustenance, without asking for anything significant in return. This song is a tribute to the spirit and compassion of the Salmon Women in all our watersheds.

Today, many streams that once flourished now have dwindling numbers of salmon returning every year.  Salmon and their habitats are under constant assault by industrial development, run of river power projects and toxic fish farms on critical migration routes.

This song is dedicated to those who have seen what is happening in our waters and have heard the silent weeping of the Salmon Woman. Wild Salmon people from all different backgrounds throughout the Pacific West Coast are standing together in the cause to save this precious gift.

Salmon Woman we thank you. We’ll do our best to protect you.

Salmon Woman

We have come so far
Please keep your faith in us
We’ll stop apologizing and put our passion in trying
To make it right, day and night
My children will know what you gave them
If I only had the courage to do the same as you

I’m sorry for your pain
I know it aint easy
Knowing that my friends can’t understand you
I’m gonna do my best

We have come so far
Please keep your faith in us
We’ll stop apologizing and put our passion in trying
To make it right, day and night
My children will know what you gave them
If I only had the courage to do the same as you
We have come so far
We have come so far

Salmon Woman, I thank you
I’ll do my best to protect you
I thank you, thank you

Salmon Woman, I thank you, thank you
I’ll do my best to protect you

– David Blair, J Peachy

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3 Comments »

    • Everyone has the capacity to be a defender of the creatures on this planet. People who walk in peace together for what they believe in can be stronger than words. The song is dedicated to the Salmon people everywhere who have come together in this movement. As an artist I am merely recycling the inspiration around me.

      Thank you for your comment, it gives us the courage to keep searching for more inspiration.

      jp

    • Thanks Pete,Followed the link to your site from your conemmt on Matt Calderwood’s film on the Guardian today. Really enjoyed your photos and video and now feel inspired to pick up my camera again and start a project on natural art – similar vein to your stuff in a way but I constantly see faces, animals and organic shapes on walls made by peeling paint or plasterwork and have long been thinking of photographing them as I believe there really is art, not only in nature but in erosion of manmade objects as well. As l’m based down in Seville in the south of Spain where there are many, many ancient buildings, I have a lot to go at! The light here is fantastic too!Once again, thanks for inspiring me, I’ll share my results with you when the project is completed.Cheers for now,Chris Morgan

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