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Olachen Fishing

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

From the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia, a net and tools used for fishing olachen.

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Olachen were caught in nets. The olachen was extremely rich in oil which was a major food on the Northwest Coast. Olachen oil was an important item of trade with the Indians of the interior, and the principal trading routes were known as “grease trails.”