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Halibut are a mythologically important fish to many tribes of the Pacific Northwest. In the creation myths of some Kwakiutl tribes, their first ancestor was transformed from a halibut into a man. To the Haida, halibut are a symbol of prosperity. Potlatch dishes are frequently carved in the shape of a halibut. Some Native Alaskan fishermen make a special offering of the first halibut they catch each season, similar to how it is done for salmon.
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