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Kathleen M.K. Menke, Crystal Images
PO Box 781, Haines, Alaska 99827

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Hooligan (eulachon), "saak" in Tlingit, are smelt-like fish that return from the ocean each spring to the rivers in which they were hatched. These fish, also called candlefish, are highly prized for the nutrient- and vitamin-rich oil they contain. The harvesting of hooligan, a Tlingit tradition in Haines, Alaska, and the processing of the fish into hooligan oil require much hard work and cooperation among friends and families, with traditions passed from elders to the youngsters. The return of the hooligan marks the beginning of the subsistence food gathering season. Soon the salmon runs will follow-- kings, sockeye, pinks, coho, and chum. Thank you to the Wilson, Phillips, Jimmie, and Peters families of Haines for sharing their hooligan traditions with me. The hooligan return on the Chilkoot River in the spring of 2006 was one of strongest runs in recent memory.

Harvesters of Hooligan


Sea Lions

Brown Bear Families

Bald Eagles





Hooligan and Ways to Prepare Them

Tub of Hooligan

Fresh Fried on the Beach



Processing the Hooligan into Oil

Ripe from the Pit

Boiled in the Vat

Teens in Training

Skimming off the Oil

Alaska/Yukon Photo Books by Kathleen M.K. Menke/Crystal Images
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Haines for All Seasons
Northern Exposures from
Alaska Reflecting Our Bond
with the Land and Each Other

8.5"x11", 48-pages,
200 original color images
First Edition 2005

Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light
Gifts of the Wild

8.5"x10", 80 pages,
175 original color images,
First Edition 2007

Nature Book of Year 2007
National Finalist Award

Spirits of the North
Two-legged, Four-legged,
Winged, Finned, Rooted, and Flowing

8.5"x10", 80-pages,
200+ original color images
First Edition 2010

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