KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The eel fishery has always been important to Mi’kmaq culture and survival. This short video tells how eel are traditionally speared during the winter.
Eel fishers Kerry Prosper and John Sylliboy explain everything about winter fishing from digging through the ice to how to spear. Researcher Shelley Denny, who is associated with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, looks at some of the traditions and methods used in Mi’kmaq winter eel fishing.
I also stumbled upon this wonderful essay on the Mi’kmaq eel fishery on the Bras d’Or lakes in Cape Breton, by the same Shelley Denny featured in the video.
Check it out!
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