Raven and Salmon Woman and more art by Rick Wolcott

Raven and Salmon Woman, 2021
18 x 15 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Wood Carving

Raven was fishing from his canoe when he ran into a large school of salmon. Then a large salmon jumped into his canoe and turned into a beautiful woman. Raven was pleased and caught many salmon that day. That evening he asked the woman to comb his hair. As she was doing this she happened to pull on a knot in Ravens hair. He yelled and screamed at her as he stomped on all the salmon he had caught. The woman, Salmon Woman jumped back into the river and took all the salmon people back downstream. They say since then the salmon have never returned to that river as they were so disrespected by Raven. This is why we always thank the first caught of the year and return their bones to the river where they were caught to ensure that they come back the following year.

For me this illustrates the respect we should show all living creatures who share Mother Earth with us. All too often people view animals as things and forget that they too are born of mothers, live, love, feel pain and die just like us.


My mother said my first carving was a small canoe and paddler at the age of 5 with a rusty pocket knife I found. She showed it to her father (Tillamook) who told me many stories and took me to where these stories happened around Tillamook, Oregon. He taught me how to make all the carving tools and how to use them. Since 1980 I have taught carving and passed on the stories and tool making. These classes have been all across Canada and in several states in the US. Almost all of my carvings are based on stories and I make sure that the carvers know the story related to their carving. Many of the stories provide a different perspective of our world possibly leading us to live in better harmony with Mother Earth.

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