Douglas & McIntyre
Indian Fishing

Book details:

March 1996
ISBN 978-0-88894-332-3
Paperback - Trade
9 7/8" x 8 7/8"
181 pages
Social Science / Anthropology
Cultural Studies
$28.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Indian Fishing

Early Methods on the Northwest Coast

Of the many resources available to the early Indians of the Northwest Coast, the most vital was fish. Hilary Stewart has gathered an impressive amount of material from major museums and from the old people in coastal villages and fish camps.


The 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.

About the Author

Hilary  Stewart

Hilary Stewart

Hilary Stewart (1924-2014) was an award-winning author best known for her books on Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. She had also been involved in ...

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