Singing a song of welcome, Tulalip tribal members gently carry a salmon from the water to the longhouse. While tradition holds that the first fish caught by the tribe is honored, the modern-day reality of smaller runs and shortened fishing seasons dictates that the "first" salmon is often bought from a coastal tribe.
The mysteries of salmon unite a thousand generations of salmon people from before the ancient Asian migration east across the Bering Land Bridge to the European colonization westward and, finally, to our present 747-shrink-wrapped world.