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Cross Currents
500 Generations of Aboriginal Fishing 
in Atlantic Canada
Cross Currents: 
500 Generations of Aboriginal Fishing in Atlantic Canada


From the Depths of a Long Tradition

Found in a 4,000-year-old cemetery in southern New Brunswick, this soapstone carving of a fish or sea mammal may have been used as a line weight or net weight. These kinds of artistic representations illustrate the importance of fishing in Atlantic Canada, and symbolize the close relationship between aboriginal peoples and the life found in seas, rivers and lakes.

Stone Fish Effigy - New Brunswick Museum - 
Photograph: David Keenlyside

Stone Fish Effigy (Replica)
Portland Point, Saint John, New Brunswick
ca. 2000 B.C.
Length: 3.5 inches
Collection: New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick, BhDm-7:162c



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