Senior Project Advisor
Salmon, community, Indigeneity, settler colonialism, eco-systems
Pacific salmon serve a unique role in their ecosystem as network connectors. From transferring nutrients from the aquatic environment to terrestrial habitats, to subverting trophic hierarchies by nourishing the roots of trees and the bellies of orcas, salmon manage to fulfill an interesting role in connecting networks of biological communities. This connecting nature of pacific salmon is mirrored in the role they play as human community connectors, as is reflected in their part in food and land justice issues in the Pacific Northwest. I will explore the role of salmon in preserving Indigenous people against the imposed hegemony of settler colonialism, and as a tool utilized by the settler nation-state in the forced removal of Indigenous people. I want to explore the mirrored qualities of salmon as network connectors in temperate ecosystems and in struggles for Indigenous land sovereignty. I will compile a collection of historical and modern examples, biological studies, and my own personal anecdotes into a sort of visual piece that demonstrates the connective properties of salmon as described in the project. A visual storytelling exhibit will portray the theme of connectivity by drawing connections between the different elements of the project via alternating visuals and text from the different aspects of the study.
Mueller, Olivia, "Catcher and the Fry: Ecology, Power, and My Life with Salmon" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 479.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Pacific salmon--Ecology--Northwest, Pacific; Coast Salish Indians--Northwest, Pacific; Indigenous peoples--Northwest, Pacific; Colonies--America
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