Blanket Returning of the Salmon Velura


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Design by Indigenous artist and weaver Debra Sparrow, Musqueam Nation.

50″ x 60″

100% polyester.  Machine wash separately in cold water on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat.

The Royal Museum Shop is operated by the Royal BC Museum Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise go directly towards supporting the many fine programs and special events at the Royal BC Museum.


Returning of the Salmon is printed onto this super soft and lightweight Velura throw.

Returning of the Salmon

Long before humans came to be, the animals in the water frolicked together near the mouth of the Fraser River. Each year, the salmon journeyed out to sea and back to the same river, but they did not swim up the river, as their way was blocked by killer whales.

Then one year a baby salmon made friends with an otter. The otter picked up the baby salmon and, resting it on her stomach, began to swim up the river. As soon as the mother salmon noticed her baby was missing, she followed the otter up the river, swimming past the killer whales. The whole school of salmon followed her. At last the otter stopped and, when all the salmon caught up, this became their final spawning grounds.

To this day, salmon return with uncanny precision to the natal river where they were born, and even to the very spawning ground of their birth. For this reason, they represent determination, intuition and respect for tradition to the Musqueam people.




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