Salmon Returns

​In classic Tlingit style, the red outer border shows the reflections in the water of the river when the fins of the salmon just break the surface. The yellow accent line is called the 'spirit line'.

Inside that is the border called 'fireweed', which grows along the banks of the river.

Next is the 'half around the cross' pattern referring to thanksgiving prayers offered up among the Russian Orthodox​ congregations, for protection of the fishermen, and a harvest ample to last through a long sub arctic winter.

The most interior design of diamonds and chevrons, I call 'fish bones', which are respectfully placed back in the river to be born again​ as the salmon who return again in the spring.