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Sturgeons do not play a very important role in Native American mythology, featuring most often as a food item. Although sturgeon do not have the same spiritual importance to Native American culture that salmon do, there still are a number of traditional beliefs related to sturgeon fishing. Some Anishinabe and Menominee communities still hold a spring ceremony to honor the sturgeon. The Menominee Fish Dance is based around sturgeon, and some Sto:lo bands have a Sturgeon Dance as well. In some Northwest Coast tribes, pregnant women did not eat sturgeon for fear that it would make their babies' eyes small.
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