Winnemem Wintu and Ohlone Run4Salmon, Pray4Salmon and their River Home from Mt. Shasta to The Bay

circling in prayer for the Run4Salmon before the walk

Circling in prayer for the Run4Salmon before the walk

Published September 12, 2017

SOGOREA TE – The Run4Salmon kicked off at the Sogorea Te sacred site on Sunday. The run will last for the rest of the month. The purpose is to bring attention to dwindling supply of salmon in California rivers and to pray for their return.

“Salmon are the magical fish. We are marching for the salmon. We have salmon in New Zealand that belong in the rivers here in California. They were moved almost a century ago. We are putting down our best prayers to bring them home, and this is our first day of our walk. We are going to go 300 miles along the journey that the salmon are on, for them (to help them) find their way back here” declared Winnemem Wintu Tribe Chief Caleen Sisk.

Dozens of walkers and runners are participating in the Run4Salmon.

Run4Salmon

Corrina Gould

“We were prayed into existence by our ancestors 7 generations ago, and we are here to set down our prayers for the next seven. In the past 200 years, things have changed really fast for us as indigenous people, we need to have a sense of urgency when it comes to the protection of our sacred sites,” said Corrina Gould of Ohlone Tribe.

Praising the leadership exemplified by the Native women, Wounded Knee DeOcampo said: “Woman are very strong and very powerful.” Speaking about the walk  he said, “It is a great journey, a spiritual journey, we  do it for the Salmon. It is a great honor to walk and pray with Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu and Corrina Gould of the Ohlone.”

circling up mid walk Run4Salmon

praying for salmon on Run4Salmon

Circling at Sogorea Te, Run4Salmon

Circling at Sogorea Te, for the Run4Salmon

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Walkers

Circling up

Circling up

Walkers

Walkers

Circling up

Circling up

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Walkers

Wounded Knee walking for salmon

Wounded Knee walking for salmon

Walking for salmon

Walking for salmon

circling for salmon

circling for salmon

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