LIFELINES | Cross Currents | The Cod Rush | Swales and Whales |
Possessions | A Lobster Tale | The Lure of the River | Nova Scotia Motor Fishing Boats

Lifelines: Canada's East Coast Fisheries

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


Symbols from the Sea

Amulets of fish or mammals carved in bone, antler, soapstone and ivory may represent underlying supernatural beliefs used to assist in a successful hunt or fish catch. It has also been suggested that carvings of killer whales may have been part of a cult which revered the killer whale as a formidable hunter. Whatever their significance, these amulets underline the special relationship between the people and their environment.

Stone Killer Whale Effigy - 
Newfoundland Museum - Photograph: David Keenlyside

Stone Killer Whale Effigy (Replica)
Port au Choix, Newfoundland
ca. 2000 B.C.
Length: 7.25 inches
Collection: Newfoundland Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, EiBi-2:1981c

Stone Fish Net Weight or Plummet - 
BlDn-2:332c - CD97-513-037

Stone Fish Net Weight or Plummet (Replica)
Cow Point, Grand Lake, New Brunswick
ca. 2000 B.C.
Length: 2.5 inches
Collection: Canadian Museum of Civilization, BlDn-2:332c



Menu - Lifelines Menu - Cross Currents