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Cross Currents
500 Generations of Aboriginal Fishing 
in Atlantic Canada
Traditions in a Changing World
Cross Currents: 
500 Generations of Aboriginal Fishing in Atlantic Canada


Even with the introduction of trade items such as copper pots and iron tools, traditional fishing methods changed little until the twentieth century. Restricted access, or even complete lack of access, to traditional fishing places, and restricted mobility due to the creation of the Indian reserve system, resulted in the loss of fishing resources for many First Peoples communities. Along some rivers, many Native men became guides for sportsmen, using their fishing and hunting skills, and knowledge of the natural environment, to create a new means of employment for themselves.

Jack Solomon - 
16448 - CD95-813-030

Jack Solomon, a Maliseet, canoeing with fish leister
Kingsclear, New Brunswick, 1910
(Canadian Museum of Civilization, 16448)



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