Friday Fictioneers: The Salmon Run

Scrambling to get my story in this week! This week’s photo is from Erin Leary, and I’m guessing this photo was taken not far from where I live. When I saw the it, on Wednesday, I knew just where I wanted to go, but haven’t had a moment to write, and then forgot to link up! For more information about Friday Fictioneers, visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple. We have her to thank for this weekly gem!  As always, I welcome honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment.

A GIANT MAZEL TOV to Sandra Crook for her win in Flash 500. For those of us who know her writing, it’s no surprise; her talent is enormous!


© Erin Leary


The Salmon Run

Hand-carved paddles cut through the still water, as rosy light builds. A great blue heron’s powerful wings beat the still air.

“Father, will we fish today?”

“No son. We will gather shellfish, and bark for the women. We will fish with the village, when the salmon come.”
“Will they come? The Whites eat so much—will there be enough for us?”

The father was silent, his brow furrowed but his canoe strokes strong and confident.

“It is true; the Whites eat more than their share, but the salmon have always found their way to our nets. This will never change.”
(Word count: exactly 100)

More: I live in a magical place where the Coast Salish First Nation tribes have lived and fished since 3000 BCE. After white settlers “discovered” the Pacific NW, Salmon became king, and at one point the cannery in Bellingham, WA was the largest in the world. Today, salmon preservation is the focus. Local Lummi tribes still fish traditionally, and work towards sustainability, but their fishing livelihood was forever changed, and the Pacific salmon is today fighting so many threats to its survival.

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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28 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: The Salmon Run

  1. Mike Lince says:

    Dawn, your story achieves a perfect balance of art and commentary. Speaking as a native and a recent resident of the area, your story strikes a resonant chord with me. I came to know a few of the Lummi Tribe during my time there, and your story captures the heart of their culture and their challenges for sustainability. Well done! – Mike

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    • Thanks Mike. It was a challenge. I wanted to use some authentic words, names, etc… but research proved tricky, and I didn’t want to end up with a story that smacked of interpretation. I appreciate your feedback; thanks!


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  3. Dear Dawn,

    I love this story on a number of levels. My one go to food, Salmon is being GMO’d and tainted. This breaks my heart as does what the Whites (and others) have taken from the indigenous. I have to echo Mike. Perfect balance between story and commentary. Well done. (Glad you made it this week. 😉 )



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  4. Dale says:

    Loved this one. Sad state of affairs indeed.


  5. Amy Reese says:

    I agree with Rochelle. This is nice balance of commentary and story. Oh, how I love salmon. I always question where it comes from, etc, when I eat it. Great story, Dawn!

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  6. jtarney says:

    Lovely piece, Dawn. I felt the beauty of nature and the sadness of a people committed to preserving it. xo


  7. gahlearner says:

    Let’s hope the fish will still find their way to their nets despite all the challenges of overfishing, disease and climate change… such a beautiful story.

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  8. A timely piece of writing on a current subject that needs to be addressed.
    Our food sources are being destroyed in many, many areas.
    Let’s hope change will occur before it’s too late. Nicely done !!!
    Isadora 😎

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  9. Sandra says:

    That was a cracker of an opening sentence. I felt myself sinking eagerly into what I just knew was going to be an equally cracking story. And thanks for the mention, Dawn. Hope you’ve been able to get the link working.

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  10. Margaret says:

    What a beautiful, natural scene. It’s such a sad thing that the balance achieved by people for so many thousands of years has been so rapidly overturned in modern times. Your story tells it beautifully, and the extra information is very interesting.


  11. Is there anything Whites did not ruin? I wonder…A very powerful story, Dawn.

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  12. Lovely story, Dawn. It’s a great thing people have finally realized the salmon need help to survive. It seems these efforts always come at the last minute. But at lease they come. Well done as always. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  13. erinleary says:

    Love it – I was hoping someone would do a native oriented piece!

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