"An altogether fascinating view of the artistic flair and amazing ingenuity of the precursors to modern angling."
The author "finds her way close to the center of the old life, and she takes the reader along. The pages are aromatic with the scent of reality."
Of the many resources available to the First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the most vital was fish. 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, Hillary Stewart illustrates their hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, floats, clubs, spears, harpoons, nets, traps, rakes, and gaffes, showing how they were made and used...."
There is also coverage how how the catch was butchered, cooked, rendered, and preserved. The spiritual aspects of fishing are described as well.
181 pp with over 450 drawings and 75 photographs. Bibliography and index.