Winnemem Wintu Run/Ride/Boat/Peddle/Pray for Salmon on the McCloud River

Nichole and Desirae Harp sing for the Salmon

The Winnemem Wintu on the McCloud river in Northern California have lost most of their territory when the Shasta Dam was constructed, because of the dam they also lost their relatives the salmon.

The creation story of the Winnemem Wintu goes like this “When we first bubbled out of our sacred spring on Mt. Shasta at the time of creation, we were helpless and unable to speak. It was salmon, the ‘Nur’, who took pity on us humans and gave us their voice. In return, we promised to always speak for them.”* {© 2017 Winnemem Wintu 14840 Bear Mountain Road, Redding, CA. }

The salmon are a special fish, they are born in fresh water and travel by river to the ocean and then live in salt water. When it is time for laying eggs they travel upstream against the current to their breeding ground in fessh water, but with the Shasta damn they are blocked from returning to their source, and the rivers have been diverted for agriculture and hydroelectric power so they can not get upstream to spawn.

The Winnemem Wintu are speaking for the salmon, working since 2010 on the salmon return. In the beginning of September, 2017 the Winnemem Wintu and allies had events to bring awareness, prayers, song and energy to help the salmon. The Winnemem Wintu and allies walked, rowed, rode (bicycles and horses) the 300 mile journey on the water or adjacent to the rivers that the salmon migrate upon.

Desirae Harp and Sheridan Noelani Enomoto sing for the Salmon,the paddlers and nature.

There were many tribes that were supported by the salmon. The Ohlone that lived around the east bay prayed, ate, and honored the fish as well. Corrina Gould, Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone tribal member, represented her people prayed for protecting the salmon over the length of the journey. The journey upstream started at Sogorea Te an Ohlone ceremonial site that was protected because of a takeover of the land a few years ago.


Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould

The American Indian Movement will be lending their support to many events that protect salmon. This is exemplified by the spiritual journey of the “Longest Walk Save the Salmon.” The goal of this walk is geared toward saving the salmon, the rivers, and the people of the salmon.

Longest Walk Save the Salmon are inviting all drums, clans, Nations, and their allies to join them as they walk in prayer. They are seeking a brighter future for the salmon, and the people. They will be delivering letters to the politicians along the way, to uphold the hard won rights of Native Americans.

Longest Walk Save the Salmon will begin their journey in Seattle on November 1, 2017. They will conclude their spiritual walk on November 23, 2017 at the Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco.

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