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Upon the discovery of a native, basketry-style fish trap on the banks of Montana Creek, archaeologists stabilized and preserved this unique trap – the first of its kind excavated on the Northwest Coast.

After sitting in storage, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum received a grand-in-aid from the Alaska State Museum to stabilize and build a custom case in order to exhibit the trap.

After a careful stabilization and mounting process, the trap was exhibited along with a replica commissioned from a local tribe.

Exhibiting the trap complements the museum’s other exhibitions on sport, commercial. and subsistence fishing.