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halibut hook
  • Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) or Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, plant fiber, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 15 x 1.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 7/8 x 9/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5643

The "U" shaped wooden hook is dark brown. One end is flared slightly more than the other. The other end has a metal barb, directed into the space of the "U," secured with plant fiber. There is plant fiber wrapping on the other leg as well. Light natural colored string is secured at one end of the plant fiber wrapping on the curved leg. A small amount of light natural colored string is wrapped over the top of the barb attachment.