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The Soul Salmon Gallery VII: Governor Locke
All photos, unless stated otherwise, are © Sara Mall Johani. Please feel free to use them and please credit the photographer whenever you do.

Soul Salmon has engaged hundreds of Washington residents to help present a gift to Governor Locke. Here are some photos of the process and the "signing" of the male Soul Salmon at the Puyallup Fair in 2001.


Soul Salmon activists (from left) Shelby Smith, Candice Gohn and Michelle Kelley contemplate colors for the "Peoples' Fish" to be presented to Governor Locke.


This how the color appeared after the choosing process.


Vanessa Franson (left) Julie Marston, Michelle Kelley, Shelby Smith and Candice Gohn painting the base coat for the people to embellish.


Starting to "sign" the Peoples' Salmon at the Puyallup Fair, 2001


The Salmon Signing booth was packed all day.

After signing the fish itself, people also pressed their thumbs to a scrolled Declaration of Generosity that will also be presented to Governor Locke. It states that we will try to emulate the salmon - the most generous creature who feeds 150 other beings of the watersheds, including ourselves.


Here is the Peoples' Salmon after the first stage of signing by hundreds of people. There will be more. We are all Salmon People in the Pacific Northwest.

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