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Indian Fishing

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Leaving a considerable amount of the jadeite rock exposed, I incorporated this painting into the composition for the water.

Besides farming and hunting, Native Americans did a lot of spear fishing.  Fish was a big part of some of their diets year-round.  Because fishing poles weren’t around several hundred years ago, the male native Indians went spear fishing and the women used a simple system of a string with a hook on the end. Women were not allowed to use spears to fish because it was the job for the males in the tribes.

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SKU: AA131320
Title: Indian Fishing
Subject: Spear Fishing
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 1979
Pieces: One
Medium: Oil on Jadeite
Style: Classic Landscape
Colors: Green, Flesh
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
Purchase: Giclee, Other

space-tWinter and Spring were the optimal times for spear fishing.  Depending on the size of fish they were catching, they had different types of implements for spear fishing.  The shafts of these spears were all made from wood, whatever type was indigenous of the area.  For the tips, they used a variety of materials.  Metal, copper in particular, was a popular tip as was bone.  A tip with three prongs was often used for small fish. They traversed shallow waters, sometimes standing for long periods of time, just to spear fish at just the right moment.

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