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Salmon is significant to Northwest Coast people because they have depended on and continue to depend on Salmon to survive. It is the main food source to many people living on the Northwest coast and is a symbol of prosperity, steadfastness and dependability. Salmon represents determination, intuition and respect for tradition.
Coast SalishEdward Joe was born on Vancouver Island in 1969, where he currently lives. Strongly influenced by his Coast Salish heritage, he has also studied indigenous design from other areas of the Americas. Upon graduating with a Provincial Diploma in 1992, Edward enrolled at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, receiving a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1998.