For the first time, centuries-old fishing knowledge from the Upper Kobuk River is being recorded. "The knowledge that is in us, in our brains, has not ever been written," said Virginia Commack, tribe manager for the Native Village of Ambler, "not even the elders, we learned it from, which is like 500 plus years old. I'd say it's a 1,000 or more years knowledge that we've never been able to write down to pass onto our children." For full story click here.
Fishing Tales from Maine
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has preserved some of those fish tales through its Oral History Initiative, a multimedia presentation opening Wednesday at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Read the full article with links to videos here.
Fishing History in New Zealand
The port of Timaru has been home to a thriving fishing industry for many years and now part of its commercial history will be recorded, thanks to a $20,000 New Zealand Oral History Awards grant. Timaru women Linda Hepburn and Ruth Low will use the grant to fund research and audio interviews with families who over the years have contributed to the industry.