Book- Doing Battle with the Halibut People by Chuck Smythe

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Doing Battle with the Halibut People The Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Halibut Hook By Chuck Smythe

Doing Battle with the Halibut People: The Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Halibut Hook is the most comprehensive book ever published on traditional northern Northwest Coast halibut hooks, known as náxw in Tlingit. Written by Chuck Smythe, Ph.D., the  book delves deeply into the ingenious engineering, use of, and spiritual dimensions of the hooks as relayed by expert Native fishermen and members of the institute’s Council of Traditional Scholars.

Scientists are only now realizing the genius behind the traditional halibut hook, which was engineered to catch only halibut and to perpetuate the species by targeting only medium-sized fish. In 2018, the Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) inducted the traditional wood halibut hook into the SCoR Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame because it is a “sophisticated and innovative piece of technology unlike any other fish hook.”

Published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2018.