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Ancestral Technology 9 & 10
“Probably the most productive of any of the fishing devices, the traps and weirs allowed large quantities of fish to be taken at a time when the salmon runs were at their peak.”
~ Ancestral technology 9, Reading and Visual Supplement to Teacher Manual p. 26

 

Making Fishtraps

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Making a Fishtrap

"If you want more than that it goes on “Two basic principles were responsible for the success of almost all the weirs and traps. One was the relentless urge of the salmon to make its way upstream to its spawning grounds despite all obstacles; the other was governed by the ebb and flow of the tide.” “Variations in trap devices depended on the species of fish, the type pf environment, the building materials available, and the cultural background of the people”

~ Ancestral technology 9, Reading and Visual Supplement to Teacher Manual p. 26