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Being Salmon, Being Human

Experimental/Perf. Art, Musical, Drama

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, continues in August with a unique performance as we welcome some special visitors all the way from Norway! Created and performed by Norwegian-British storyteller Georgiana Keable, philosopher Martin Lee Mueller and renowned Sami joiker and composer Torgeir Vassvik, "Being Salmon, Being Human" is a unique storytelling performance combining traditional Norwegian tales, original music, and contemporary philosophy. Inspired by Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book of the same name, and drawing on salmon stories from Sami and First Nations peoples of Scandinavia and North America, the performance takes us on a journey through the extraordinary lives of wild salmon - sentient beings who are born in rivers, traverse the oceans, and return towards the end of their lives to their birth rivers to spawn and gift forward more life. The performance explores what becomes of this awe-inspiring creature and her journey in the face of an expansive, profit-driven feedlot industry. The life-cycle of the salmon has been celebrated in human cultures since time immemorial. How does the now-dominant story of separation affect our age-old relationship with this extraordinary creature? Who are salmon, and who are we in relation to them? By interweaving stories old and new against a powerful backdrop of traditional song and contemporary sound art, "Being Salmon, Being Human" offers surprising and evocative insights into the ancient relationship between humans and the larger living world. "Being Salmon, Being Human" will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $20 for Harbor History Museum members and $25 for Non-Members. Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the Museum front desk.