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Native American Halibut Mythology

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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Halibut is used as a clan crest in some Northwest Coast tribes, and can sometimes be found carved on totem poles.

Native American Legends About Halibuts

*Raven Brings Man Halibut:
    Southeast Alaskan legend about how the people were given halibut to fish.

Recommended Books of Halibut Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

A Story as Sharp as a Knife:
    Good collection of Haida mythology, including the legend of the Halibut People.



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