Indian Country 52 #37 – Billy
“The 22nd Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration is set for September 18-20 and Waterfront Park in Seattle will once again come alive with the sounds of Indian dancing, drums and singing and thousands of visitors. This year’s theme, dedicated to the life and memory of the late Billy Frank, Jr., is “Man has responsibility, not power.” The theme is based on a traditional proverb of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.
“This year’s theme says a lot about the spirit of Salmon Homecoming and our long time leader, Billy Frank,” said Salmon Homecoming President Walter Pacheco of the Muckleshoot Tribe. “The fact that we borrowed the theme from a tribe on the other side of the country even carries meaning, representing the extensive reach that Chairman Frank had in his lifetime and that his work continues to have today.”
Frank, a Nisqually tribal member who chaired the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years, passed away at the age of 83 on May 5. He had been an adviser to and supporter of Salmon Homecoming throughout its history. “Billy understood the responsibility spoken about in that Tuscaroran proverb,” said Pacheco. “He knew we are all responsible for the health of the salmon, the environment and the protection of the land, air and water.””
– Salmon Homecoming, 22nd Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration.
“Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.”
– Seattle PI, Large number of salmon return to Columbia River.
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #37 – Billy (Frank Jr.).
Indian Country 52
Indian Country 52 is a weekly project by David Bernie that uses the medium of graphic design by creating posters that promote issues and stories in Indian Country.
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