If you see me speak these days, chances are you’ll see “the map.”
For many years, I’ve scrawled little maps on napkins and place mats in conversations over coffee to help demonstrate the challenges salmon have to face to migrate between the Pacific and their streams of origin. In most of those cases, the sketchy little maps did seem to help enlighten individuals to the expanding environmental challenges we all face in the Pacific Northwest. They have been good tools to demonstrate challenges tribes face in maintaining their culture, livelihoods and identity as a people.
Today, even with greatly reduced fishing, those challenges are far tougher and more plentiful than ever. No napkin or place mat map will hold all the problems.