Native American Leader is Leveraging Blockchain to Help the Salmon Restoration

Pom created a web3 video game to raise awareness about the Chinook salmon species.

Oct 16, 2022
by Michael
Native American Leader is Leveraging Blockchain to Help the Salmon Restoration
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Pom Presents Video Game in Hackathon Event

Pom, a native American leader in Northern California, is staking out how to leverage blockchain to restore the native Chinook salmon species that was the mainstay of his community.

Pom and his team developed a video game called ‘Salmon Journeys’ on Decentraland where players can catch the species and earn exclusive NFTs by Sawalmen, a web3 project that stands for indigenous spiritual values and raises money for the revival effort. He was born into this restoration movement and aimed to raise funds and awareness concerning the Chinook salmon species. The video game is part of the hackathon event, connected to CoinDesk’s I.D.E.A.S. conference.

Pom said, 

“Since the Shasta Dam was built 75 years ago, the salmon have been unable to return to their home waters in our ancestral watershed near Mt. Shasta, California.” He is currently in talks with Maori tribes in New Zealand to bring a similar genetic descendant down to the state.

Pom is Confident of Winning With his Project

Pom, whose English name is Michael Preston, has designed the NFTs to capture the present ecological situation in Northern California. The idea for the project came in 2022, which he wrote on a rough piece of paper as a ‘Redpaper.’

Pom attended Web3athon earlier this year, and the program was instrumental in helping them find the footing for his idea. Although there are web3 projects focused on repairing waterways, most of them lack funding and investors. However, Pom is confident that his project will win the prize at the event.  

He said, 

“The goal is to have this game tell our story in as many metaverses as possible so that people will hear about our efforts, have fun playing a cool game, win and gain value back for themselves, and support actual salmon returns to the McCloud River.”

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