Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Northwest Coast Native American Tools

One of the more interesting Northwest Coast Native American tools is the fishing hook. Since Northwest Coast Native American people have relied on the waters for fishing for thousands of years, they have developed some interesting fishing hooks especially to catch salmon fish which has been an animal important in their culture. The McCord Museum in Montreal has a collection of ancient Haida artifacts including old fishing hooks (see page 2 of article).

These fishing hooks which are intricately decorated, are also in a short Northwest Coast Native American video. Free Spirit Gallery, the producer of the video and article, specializes in Northwest Coast Native American art. Their website has become one of the largest sources of information on the artwork from the Northwest Coast region.

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