Bear and the Steelhead

Bear and the Steelhead (HM1H64)

Location: Bethesda, MD 20894 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.754', W 77° 5.862'

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The carvings on this bench depict a story from the Salish people of the northwestern United States and British Columbia, Canada. The story teaches respect for natural cycles, represented by the salmon annual migration upriver from the sea to freshwater breeding grounds. Salmon Woman created the cycle when people who depended on the fish for food took the year-round abundance for granted and abused the resource. After Bear defied warnings not to harvest the fish in their breeding grounds, all salmon except the steelhead (the only one he had not disturbed) died. Today, it is only the steelhead that survives spawning and returns year after year to breed, while other salmon species die in the spawning beds. The proper time to catch the salmon is based on the tides that are controlled by the Moon.

This bench and carvings are from a western red cedar tree used for the 9/11 Pentagon totem pole.

Symbols and colors in this bench:

Moon: ???Protector and guardian of the earth by night

Salmon: ?Dependability and renewal—the provider

Bear:?? ???Strength, learned humility, motherhood and teaching

Red: ??? ??Blood, valor

Black: ???Power

White: ???Skies and spacious heavens

Yellow: ?Sun, light and happiness
HM NumberHM1H64
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 318337 N 4318414
Decimal Degrees38.99590000, -77.09770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.754', W 77° 5.862'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 45.24" N, 77° 5' 51.72" W
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Area Code(s)240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1460 Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda MD 20894, US
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