Pay homage to the Northwest Coast with the MOA Shop's signature Salmon sweatshirt by Haisla artist Lyle Wilson. Wilson has worked extensively with MOA: he has been an artist-in-residence and MOA Shop Featured Artist and has worked on an image-recovery project for the museum.
“The Haisla, like all other coastal First Nations people, regarded the Salmon with a great reference. So plentiful and reliable was the Salmon as a food source that it was another of life’s constants — like the ongoing cycle of winter, spring, summer and fall. The Salmon became so revered that its first arrival was greeted with special ceremonies and prayers. Each of the six species of Salmon — Steelhead, Spring, Sockeye, Chum. Pink and Coho — were thought of as people who resided in different villages under the sea. It was said that when the Salmon came, it was a potlatch that fed both the human and animal kingdom. Thus, the Salmon became incorporated into the ceremonial culture of the First Nations people.” —Lyle Wilson, 1995