In a tradition that dates back to ancient times, the Tulalip Indians celebrate the first fish ceremony on their reservation near Marysville, Washington each June.
Native people around the Pacific Rim consider the salmon as a gift from the Creator who made the water and all creatures of the water, the banks of the river, the berries and roots, the mammals and birds. The Creator breathed life into the animals called human, gave them intelligence to make up for their lack of strength, and then made a promise: If the people treated the salmon with respect and honor, the fish would return from their mansion beneath the horizon at the bottom of the ocean to sacrifice themselves so mankind can survive.