Weir - The Salmon Trap of the Northwest Coast First People
The salmon weir or trap, inspires the construction of a Salmon Weir rattle, unique to the Northwest Coast of Vancouver Island. The Northwest Coast People would build weirs by pounding posts into the ocean floor, or the river bed. The posts were wound with a tight weave that would trap the salmon in one of two ways. When used on the river, they would wait in front of the weir, instinct telling them to push past which made collection easy. When used in the Ocean, as the tide went out the fish that had swum over the wier at higher tide, would collect at the bottom of the weir when the water levels lowered. As well, fishing weirs constructed like mazes were used. The fish would swim into the maze, become confused and were unable to get out. The fish would in this way, remain in a type of holding area, alive in the water, until they were needed.
Northwest Coast Native Art Handcarved in the Northwest Coast Native style by a Native Artist of the Northwest Coast.