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Fishing Line

Fishhook

Object Number:NA10827
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Angoon
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Maple Bark
Wood
Metal
Length: 59.1 cm
Width: 31.4 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1926
Other Number:Shotridge 101, 102, 103 or 104 - Field No SF
104 - Other Number

Description

Length of fishing line made from twisted maple bark fibers with two halibut hooks attached. Each hook is V-shaped and made from two pieces of wood lashed together. One hook is missing the lashing that binds the two pieces. One end of each hook has a metal barb attached, pointing inward. The other end of one hook is carved into what is likely a raven's head with a halibut's body and tail. The second hook has the end carved into what is likely a mountain goat's head, a halibut's body, and is lined on the sides with the suction cups of a devilfish.

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