Nooksack Tribe revisits traditional dip net fishing

Nooksack tribal members Jeremiah Johnny and George Swanaset Jr. watch Jessica Williams try her hand at dip net fishing.The Nooksack Tribe’s cultural resources director George Swanaset Jr. recently made a dip net to demonstrate the traditional fishing method to young adults in the tribe’s YouthBuild program.

The YouthBuild students are studying the 1974 federal court decision, U.S. v. Washington (also known as the Boldt decision), which upheld tribes’ rights to fish in their usual and accustomed areas.

Photo: Jeremiah Johnny (left), Nooksack fisherman and cultural habitat technician, and George Swanaset Jr., the Nooksack Tribe’s cultural resources director, watch tribal member Jessica Williams try her hand at dip net fishing.