Ate Salmon

Ate Salmon
Maynard Johnny Jr.
2005
L010.3.404

(excerpts from interview with Shelby Richardson 10 August, 2011)

Politically, I did one called ‘Ate Salmon’ it’s the number eight because there is eight salmon heads but the title is ‘I Ate the Salmon,’ past tense. So it’s a play on words, and at that time there was a lot of depletion of salmon, whether it was Coho or you know, any of the salmon the population just wasn’t there as much as it was you know back in the 50’s, 40’s and 30’s. It was, you know, an endless food supply, and before European contact it was a huge food supply for the west coast. So that was kind a political statement of Ate Salmon, I don’t eat it as much anymore because I can’t get it as much anymore.

[Johnny in Interview, 10 August, 2011]