Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-Chah-Nulth Traditions

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Following the removal of the gray whale from the Endangered Species list in 1994, the Makah tribe of northwest Washington State and their relatives, the Nuu-chah-nulth of British Columbia, announced their intent to revive whale hunting. Neither tribe had exercised their treaty right to hunt whales since commercial whalers had hunted the gray whale to near extinction in the 1920s. The Makah whale hunt of 1999 was an event of international significance, connected to the worldwide struggle for aboriginal sovereignty...

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Overview

Following the removal of the gray whale from the Endangered Species list in 1994, the Makah tribe of northwest Washington State and their relatives, the Nuu-chah-nulth of British Columbia, announced their intent to revive whale hunting. Neither tribe had exercised their treaty right to hunt whales since commercial whalers had hunted the gray whale to near extinction in the 1920s. The Makah whale hunt of 1999 was an event of international significance, connected to the worldwide struggle for aboriginal sovereignty and to the broader discourses of environmental sustainability, treaty rights, human rights, and animal rights. It was met with enthusiastic support and vehement opposition.

As a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, Charlotte Coté offers a valuable perspective on the issues surrounding indigenous whaling. Whaling has been central to Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth social, economic, and ritual life throughout their histories. Even as indigenous societies faced disease epidemics and federal policies that undermined their cultures, they held fast to their traditions. Whaling, Coté asserts, "defines who we are as a people."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295990460
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: A Capell Family Book
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 739,789
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Micah McCarty ix

Kleko Kleko / Thank You xi

Orthography xiv

Nuu-chah-nulth Pronunciation Guide xvi

Abbreviations xx

Introduction: Honoring Our Whaling Ancestors 3

1 Tsawalk: The Centrality of Whaling to Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Life 15

2 Utla: Worldviews Collide: The Arrival of Mamalhn'i in Indian Territory 42

3 Kutsa: Maintaining the Cultural Link to Whaling Ancestors 69

4 Muu: The Makah Harvest a Whale 115

5 Sucha: Challenges to our Right to Whale 150

6 Nupu: Legal Impediments Spark a 2007 Whale Hunt 166

7 Atlpu: Restoring Nanash'aqtl Communities 193

Notes 209

Bibliography 247

Index 265

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