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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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IMAGE
Halibut Hook: Iqsak / Halibut hook.

LOCATION: Probably Kodiak Island, 1899

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 200831)

DIMENSIONS: 25 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Halibut are large fish that sometimes weigh hundreds of pounds. A halibut hook was held down by a stone weight so that it floated near the bottom of the sea. The opening of the hook was just wide enough for a fish to put its mouth over the bait. A strong line made of seaweed ran up to the surface where it was tied to a blown-up seal stomach. When this float was pulled underwater the fisherman knew a halibut was on the hook.


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