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Fishhooks

dux^tas “fishhooks”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut and Atkan dialects)

Also called:
ux^tan “fishhooks”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

So the sinker would be on here, then they’d be jigging like so with the bait on the hook…One of the lines will catch a halibut first and still another halibut will go on the other hook, so this person would bring in two halibuts at one time. This must be the start of commercial fishing!

—Vlass Shabolin, 2003

This halibut fishing rig has two iron hooks attached to a wooden bar, and was used with a stone or lead weight that held it on the ocean bottom. Two halibut might be caught at once, or more likely the advantage would lie in having two pieces of bait in case one was stolen. This style of hook was adopted after contact with Norwegian fishermen who came to the islands in the late 19th century.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Width 41cm
Accession Date: 1917 (collected 1894-1907)
Source: D. F. Tozier Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 069982.000