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Northwest Artists Against Extinction, a project of Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, presents...

Honor: People and Salmon

Open panel discussion:
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 5:00-6:30pm
Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound
open to the public

Northwest Artists Against Extinction, a project of Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, and The University of Puget Sound are hosting a panel discussion about honoring people and salmon. Panelists will discuss distinct, complementary, and interconnected ways of understanding and advocating for salmon as well as how this keystone species affects and inspires people and communities.



Archie Cantrell, Native American Education Liaison for the Puyallup School District
was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and is an active member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. He worked in Natural Resources at the Puyallup Tribal Fisheries, as a Fisheries Sampler and then a Fisheries Specialist. This work allowed him to participate in, and further his appreciation of, all aspects of salmon culture—which is the Puyallup Tribe’s most valued natural resource. Throughout his employment within the Puyallup Tribe, Archie has been active with tribal youth, serving on the Puyallup Tribal Youth Committee from 2005-2015 and as Chairman for eight years. Archie then became a Youth Coordinator at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center where its language center sparked his interest in the Lushootseed movement. In 2016 Archie transferred departments and began working for the Puyallup Tribal Language Program. As a full-time advocate for the Lushootseed movement, Archie is able to work with tribal community members of all ages, and directly with Chief Leschi Schools. In his spare time, Archie is an active hunter, and commercial harvester of salmon, crab, shrimp, and geoduck. Archie and his wife, Hope, have 3 children. Archie is a licensed foster parent, and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Paige Pettibon, visual artist
Paige Pettibon is an artist based in Tacoma, Washington. She works in multiple mediums such as acrylics, oils, watercolor, fiber art, jewelry, digital design, and other media. Paige is Black, White, and Salish (from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes). Paige is influenced by her multicultural background. Her work has been shown at the Tacoma Art Museum, Smithsonian, and art galleries in the Puget Sound region.

Peter Wimberger, Biology Professor and Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound
In terms of work - I am an evolutionary and conservation biologist, a teacher, and a natural history museum director. I used to think that salmon were scientific black holes that sucked biologists in and never let them out. And then I started learning more about them and understood why. To borrow from ecology - one could consider them a pedagogical keystone species. Since then, I have developed environmental and evolution curricula for high school and college students that use salmon to convey fundamental environmental and evolutionary lessons.

Joseph Bogaard, Executive Director Save Our wild Salmon Coalition
Joseph has been working for SOS since 1996. Joseph first got hooked on Northwest salmon restoration efforts while in graduate school where he authored a paper in the early-1990s, exploring the then-relatively recent Snake River salmon listings under the Endangered Species Act, and how it might impact the region and its federal lands and dams. Before joining the SOS team, Joseph spent many years teaching and working in the forests and mountains of the West. Today, Joseph lives on Vashon Island with his partner Amy and two children Liesl and Jeremiah. 

Britt Freda, artist, NWAAE Creative Director
Britt is an artist and the Creative Director for Northwest Artists Against Extinction which is a new project of Save Our wild Salmon Coalition.   Britt’s paintings focus primarily on environmental impact, endangered species and social justice.  Her work can be found in museums, galleries, pubic spaces and in national as well as international private collections. Learn more about Britt’s work at  Britt and her family live and work on Vashon Island on the traditional lands of the sx̌ʷəbabš or Swift Water Coast Salish people.

Elise Richman, Art Professor, University of Puget Sound and panel moderator
is a Tacoma-based artist and painting professor at the University of Puget Sound. She learned about the campaign to remove the four lower Snake River dams while earning her MFA at American University in Washington,DC. This was over two decades ago when this seemed like a radical proposition, now this large scale river restoration seems achievable. Since 2019, Richman has been visiting sites of environmental importance to these salmon’s future as a means of communicating their plight and epic journey through visual represenations of place. Richman has exhibited her work regionally and nationally at commercial, university, and nonprofit spaces.

Honor People and Salmon