Where have you gone, King Salmon? You are life to my neighbors and friends.
The Athabascan and the King are heart-linked, have been for a thousand years. A dictionary will tell you that tradition is “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.” How woefully inadequate a description! Tradition is a bulwark of safety. A source of well-being. The assurance that tomorrow your world will be all right as it was for your fathers and their fathers. Come live along the Yukon among the Native Alaskans who depend on the King and learn how the loss of tradition devastates the heart.
Where have you gone, oh King? Why have you left us?