They arrived safely at the strange land. The beach was lined with storage boxes full of fish, all different kinds. "This must be the Salmon of which we have heard", the people said to each other.

The Chief was invited into the Salmon Chief's bighouse where they discussed the marriage plans. The Chief told the Salmon Chief, "We do not have Salmon where we come from, and sometimes our people are very hungry. If your daughter marries my son, we would like to bring Salmon with her". The Salmon Chief looked at him and took pity and said, "I will allow your son to marry my daughter and she will bring with her the Salmon as her dowry. But before you leave you must stay for a feast, for it will be many days before the Salmon reach your homeland. During the feast we will teach you how to cook and preserve Salmon".

So a great wedding took place that lasted four days, they feasted and tried all the different kinds of Salmon. They learned to prepare it and tell one fish from another. "One spring Salmon will feed many", the people exclaimed to one another.

They were also instructed to leave the head on the end of the backbone so that the Salmon would come alive again. "When you barbecue Salmon over a fire, there is a hole that you put the stick through", the people were told. "Be careful not to drop any bones from the Salmon through that hole or something will be missing when it comes back to life. You may throw the bones of the Salmon anywhere around your river at the mouth and they will come back again in the next year. Make sure no bones are ever dropped".

The Chief said to the planner "When our two children have babies, they shall have a dance all of their own, The Salmon Dance". The Salmon Chief showed how the dance was done and taught the song that goes with it. "Also, when the twins are born to any people, they too shall have the Salmon Dance as their own, for twins are the Children of the Salmon People".

"There is one more thing you must remember", the Salmon Chief said. "When the Salmon are coming up river, no one should mourn. Even if someone dies during spawning time, do not cry, for the Salmon will no longer return to your river".

After four days of feasting and learning, the Chief gathered his people back into the magic canoe, the son and his new bride sat in the bow of the canoe. They then headed for home with the Salmon following close behind all the way across the ocean. When they reached home, the Chief stood up and said to the Salmon, "This is where we come from and this will be your new home". The Salmon then spread out behind the canoe and celebrated by jumping and splashing everywhere. Each species was divided and given different rivers to spawn. But the Salmon never forgot their home and this is where they return each life cycle while they are out in the ocean.


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