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Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe John V. Snow, 1994
John Snow with his fish decoys in process and at work. Source: Lewis Koch, Wisconsin Folk Museum Woodland Indian Traditional Artist Documentation Project
Great Lakes Ojibwe have spearfished through the ice for centuries. The practice is especially widespread among the Ojibwe of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, where many spearfishers skillfully carve fish decoys. Although their artistic qualities appeal to collectors, the decoys were made primarily to lure fish to feed families.
Ojibwe Fish Decoy and Jigging Stick, 1988
By Buddy Wayman. Gift of the Kimball Family.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1988.83.2
Ojibwe Fish Decoy, 1988
By Ross Allen. Gift of the Kimball Family.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1988.83.1