Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast

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D & M Publishers, Sep 1, 2008 - Social Science - 181 pages
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The Northwest Coast people devised ingenious ways of catching the different species of fish, creating a technology vastly different from that of today’s industrial world. With attention to clarity and detail, Hilary Stewart illustrates their hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, floats, clubs, spears, harpoons, nets, traps, rakes and gaffs, showing how these were made and used in over 450 drawings and 75 photographs. One section demonstrates how the catch was butchered, cooked, rendered and preserved. The spiritual aspects of fishing are described as well — prayers and ceremonies in gratitude and honour to the fish, customs and taboos indicating the people’s respect for this life-giving resource. The fish designs on household and ceremonial objects are depicted — images that tell of fishing’s importance to the whole culture.
 

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Title should be Native American Fishing... I was looking for info on Indian Fishing from the Indian coast, not from the North American Northwest Coast. Get these terms straightened out please, one book at a time!

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HILARY STEWART IS ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS ON THE SUBJECT OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. SHE'S DONE HER RESEARCH WITH PASSION AND WITH EMPATHY FOR THOSE WHO REALLY CARE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE GREATNESS OF THE TRUE HUMAN SPIRIT.

Contents

The People of the Sea
17
Hook Line and Sinker
25
Fishing Lines
26
Sinkers
30
Steambent hooks
32
Salmon trolling
41
The northern halibut hook
46
Lures
56
Basket traps
111
Stone fish traps
119
The herring spawn harvest
124
Cooking and Preserving Fish
129
Preserving fish
135
Dried herring spawn
147
Eulachon oil
149
Kelp bottles for eulachon oil
154

Floats
59
Clubs
62
Spears and Harpoons
65
Sturgeon fishing
68
Gaff hooks
75
The herring rake
76
Nets and Netting
79
Eulachon fishing
95
Traps and Weirs
99
Fish knives
155
Spoons ladles and bowls
158
Etiquette and feasting
159
Prayers and ceremonies
161
Beliefs customs and taboos
171
Songs
176
Bibliography
178
Index
180
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Hilary Stewart is an award-winning author best known for her books on Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. She has also been involved in teaching outdoor education and wilderness survival courses for many years, as well as studying the ethnobotany of the coast First Nations, and has an extensive practical experience in the use of plants. She lives on Quadra Island in British Columbia.

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