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Athabascan Fish Preparation

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 20 October 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Air drying racks (above) were used to hang the salmon until it was ready to be put in the smokehouse (below) where the salmon would be fully dehydrated over a constantly burning fire. Dogs at the fish camps made an effective alarm system against bears and other predators. Small cabin on stilts is a cache, which was used to keep food and supplies up off the ground and away from animals.

Having a lightweight, nutritious and abundant food source allowed families to keep teams of up to 20 dogs, which would be used to work trap lines in the winter. Each dog would eat one dehydrated salmon per day. While the Athabascans would usually save the more numerous and lower quality Chum salmon for the dogs, they took great pride in the rich and oily King and Silver salmon they prepared for themselves. Each family had their own recipes, traditions and techniques for preserving salmon. The style of cut, brine ingredients, wood sources used for smoking and time spent in the smokehouse varied from village to village and from family to family.

Photo captured September 10, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/6.7 ISO 100 51 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Martine from France

Il y a de quoi faire des provisions avec tout ce poisson séché.

20 Oct 2015 5:33am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Après la pêche, séchage au naturel.
C'est super. )

20 Oct 2015 6:02am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo j'aime la composition

20 Oct 2015 7:39am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent documentary shots and fascinating details with your information.

20 Oct 2015 10:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice !

20 Oct 2015 12:50pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

The old wisdom !! Nice report !

20 Oct 2015 2:17pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture showing this procedure. Salmon friends of mine seem to prefer smoked salmon.

20 Oct 2015 2:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Excellent documentary presentation!

20 Oct 2015 2:51pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Nicely captured.

20 Oct 2015 2:52pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

20 Oct 2015 2:59pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photos and interesting .

20 Oct 2015 3:58pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A very interesting documentary composition and excellent information ... Thanks for sharing !!!

20 Oct 2015 5:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Interesting documentary images of this process.

20 Oct 2015 5:39pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shots!
A M A Z I N G !

20 Oct 2015 7:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful fish and tasty, too.

20 Oct 2015 8:33pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very good images with excellent clarity. A tasty source of proteins and fat for the long winter.

20 Oct 2015 10:13pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

It looks like are they are getting well stocked for the winter. The information is just so interesting. I am so glad that you are sharing this with us.

20 Oct 2015 10:31pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


20 Oct 2015 10:36pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very nice. The write-up is really interesting. Do they dip net there?

20 Oct 2015 11:37pm

@Michael Rawluk: They utilized fish wheels, which were constructed out of spruce logs and poles and were powered entirely by the current of the river. The wheel would normally be placed along bank where the salmon would run strong. They were such an effective fish-catching device that one wheel could catch hundreds of salmon in a single day.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle cabane et ces poissons qui sèches fantastique ensemble.

21 Oct 2015 4:45am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


21 Oct 2015 8:08am