An area where rivers and ocean waters interact, mixing fresh and salt
water. Such areas include bays, mouths of rivers, salt marshes, and lagoons.
Estuaries shelter and feed marine life, birds, and wildlife.
The place a population (whether human, animal, plant, or microorganism) lives,
including other living and non-living surroundings.
Word in the Lummi language that means “Lummi way of life.”
The ocean provides the Lummi with many foods, including sea urchin (Lummi eat the roe, or eggs) and cockles.
Traditional stories such as this teach many important lessons and values.
Schelangen is a reason that Lummi people are working so hard now to rebuild the salmon population for the future.
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Clams, another delicious food from the sea. 2010
“There used to be a saying among our people that when the tide is out,
when the tide is low, our table is set, we got our food.”
Reef netting, an innovative way of catching salmon invented by the Lummis long ago. 1895
“Reef netting is a very old style of fishing.”
Good stewardship of the land is essential. 2009
“We are stewards of the land, the water, the sea.”
“We have stories of the Salmon Woman that brings her children the salmon to feed the people...”
Salmon is central to the Lummi culture, including Lummi art. Drawing by Si Low Leet Sa. 2010
“When we were all fishing, it’s tradition that when you catch your first salmon,
we eat it and we offer the bones back out of respect.”
Salmon are important to many species of the Northwest Coast ecosystem. 2009