Innu Nation 2005
leister - uashuakanashku
In the days before settlement, the Innu had three ways of fishing: with nets (anapi); with hook and line (kushkan and kushkaniapi); and with uashuakanashku. Uashuakanashku is a special kind of fish spear or leister that grips the fish over a sharp dart when it is struck. They once used this spear at several locations in the Innu territory, including along Mishikamau-shipu (Naskaupi River) and the headwaters of Iatuekupau-shipu (Eagle River). Innu fishers would paddle out in their canoes after dark and set birch bark torches ablaze. Salmon would be attracted to the light and would swim towards the surface enabling the fishers to strike them with the spears.