ERIC Number: ED178225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Fisherman on the Puyallup.
For as long as anyone can remember the Puyallup Indians have been fishing the Puyallup River. It is the time of the yearly salmon run and Seeyap, a young Puyallup boy, is learning to fish with his grandfather. Salmon will only come up river when the tide goes out, so it is very early in the morning that Seeyap and his grandfather start out in the motor boat, string the long net across the river, and drift with the current. They catch nothing; it is much harder to fish now with all the industry along the river. A thunderstorm approaches, and when it is over, salmon are jumping and starting the trip up stream. The grandfather explains that the storm has cooled the water and told the fish it is time to go home. Now they catch many salmon. Some they will sell, some they will keep for themselves, and the very first one they will save for the traditional celebration dinner. Seeyap is sure that someday he will be a fisherman on the Puyallup. This intermediate level, illustrated book is intended for use in a social studies curriculum. It seeks to remind children that Indians exist in today's society and to acquaint them with aspects of the Puyallup culture, including characteristics of drift fishing and that it is done for reasons of subsistence and income. Children also learn of the salmon's migration, the factors affecting it, and how industry is imperiling it. An accompanying teacher's manual provides learning activities and background information. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Literature, American Indian Reservations, Books, Childrens Literature, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Illustrations, Intermediate Grades, Natural Resources, Observational Learning, Social Studies, Tribes, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington