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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, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 x 2.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 1 x 5 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5637

This is a "U" shaped wooden hook. One end has plant fiber wrapping, and originally held a barb. The other end has a rope of twisted plant fiber. The hook is dark brown, the rope is light natural.