California born Tlingit artist, Rachel Martin's work ‘Fishwife’ appears as a Matriarchal figure with elements of both traditional Northwest Coast form line throughout as well as contemporary elements specific to the artist. It could be said that the fish held symbolize the strength and celebration in keeping traditional Indigenous foods and culture alive. The smoked salmon jar muscles can be perceived as a symbol of the resilience and determination in keeping the beautiful and resilient Indigenous lifeways alive and strong.
As long as the waters are clean and healthy, fish will continue to nourish our bodies. The health of fish determines the health of the people.