This image was developed
and presented by the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia on behalf of
the Gaelic Community. It represents expressions of Gaelic
language and culture unique to Nova Scotia.
The image is that of a
salmon in the shape of the letter 'G'.
The salmon represents
the gift of knowledge in the Gaelic storytelling traditions of
Nova Scotia, Scotland and Ireland and the Isle of Man.
The 'G' represents the
Gaelic language and the ripples are the manifestations of the
language through its rich culture of song, story, music, dance
and custom and belief system.
Now this salmon was
called Finntan in ancient times and was one of the Immortals,
and he might be eaten and yet live. But in the time of Finegas
he was called the Salmon of the Pool of Fec, which is the place
where the fair river broadens out into a great still pool, with
green banks softly sloping upward from the clear brown water.
Seven years was Finegas watching the pool, but not until after
Finn had come to be his disciple was the salmon caught. Then
Finegas gave it to Finn to cook, and bade him eat none of it.
But when Finegas saw him coming with the fish, he knew that
something had chanced to the lad, for he had been used to have
the eye of a young man but now he had the eye of a sage. Finegas
said, "Hast thou eaten of the salmon?" "Nay," said Finn, "but it
burnt me as I turned it upon the spit and I put my thumb in my
mouth". And Finegas smote his hands together and was silent for
a while. Then he said to the lad who stood by obediently, "Take
the salmon and eat it, Finn, son of Cumhal, for to thee the
prophecy is come. And now go hence, for I can teach thee no
more, and blessing and victory be thine."
||Bheir duine beath' air èigin, ach cha toir e rath air èigin.
A man may force a livelihood, but he cannot force fortune.