Alaska Native Arts & Culture

How carving halibut hooks teaches Juneau students both science and tradition

For several years, students in a JDHS science class have been learning about halibut hook carving. A Tlingit carver says it’s mostly about common sense: paying close attention and working with what you’ve got.

For decades, the government stood between the Unangan people and the seals they subsist on. Now that’s changing.

On remote St. Paul Island, federal rules have restricted subsistence hunting for years, forcing residents to buy expensive groceries. New rules could take effect soon, but opponents worry about a declining local seal population.

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