Rainbow Trout: Salmo gairdneri
These native western trout grow to lengths of almost four feet and weights of forty pounds. Ranging from the Bering Sea to California, they thrive in fresh water lakes and streams. This salmon specie does not go to sea but lives out its life in fresh water. Rainbow trout are a favorite of anglers and gourmets, but warm water and blocked streams threaten their survival. Their rainbow colors were inspirational to:
This indigenous tribe lived on an archipelago off the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Color and art extended into all walks of Haida life. Living with the seasons, spring through autumn were times of food gathering and storing. Winter was for dancing, ceremonials, and potlatches. Dugout canoes like the ones pictured in the dorsal fin and tail area of the left trout, were elaborately decorated. Some of these canoes could carry forty men and cargoes of two tons. The Haida were the most advanced designers branching into abstract design. Villages like the one pictured in the right trout, consisted of five to twenty family houses. Each house held about fifteen people. Openings in the roof let in light and let out smoke. Interior and exterior house posts were carved. Frontal totems often served as front doors. Memorial poles and frontal poles could reach heights of fifty- five feet (18 meters).