The Sacred Obligation of the Salmon People

This week the Run for Salmon takes listeners to a walking meditation where native and non-native people gather to bless the fish as they return from the wild to head back to the waters where they were born. Producer Judy Silber and indigenous scholar Dr. Lyla June Johnston review the struggle and recent successes of indigenous activism. Then we hear from Lummi nation elder Darrell Hillaire.  The formal tribal council leader founded Setting Suns Productions to use the indigenous tradition of storytelling and song to educate the world about his people and their plight to fulfill a sacred obligation to protect the water. 

The Run for Salmon
The Winnemem Wintu and supporters start a two-week Run4Salmon prayer to call salmon back to the waters above Shasta Dam. The Run follows the salmon’s migration path from the ocean to the mountains. It starts in the Bay Area where the Winnemem Wintu and supporters encounter environmental devastation first set in motion 200 years ago.

The Run for Salmon continued

“Keep My Fires Burning”
At 69 years young, Lummi nation member Darrell Hillaire from Bellingham, Washington is on a mission:  amplify native indigenous storytelling using technology to educate and inspire actions to protect water ecosystems for future generations.  At the heart of his work is a desire to impart young people with community and connection to the ancient wisdoms and foster leadership.  Through documentary storytelling, outreach events, and public conversations, Hillaire discovered a shared interest among other tribal nations to join in collective efforts to press for change – together they are known as the Salmon People.

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