Laborlore - The Cultures of Icelandic Workers

Hildibrandur Bjarnason

Samuel Ludger Levesque conducted this interview, with photographs by James P. Leary.

sign by the roadside guides travelers to Bjarnarhöfn.

Samuel Ludger Levesque and Hildibrandur Bjarnason confer in Hildibrandur's museum devoted to local fishing and culture; in the background is his family's fishing boat, built in the 1860s and in use through most of the 20th century.

Samule interviews Hildibrandur regarding the tradition of shark fishing and making hákarl (rotten shark meat).

A piece of properly aged shark meat, with some hardfisk in the foreground.

The hut for hanging and drying shark meat.

Hanging shark meat during the aging process