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Contesting Leviathan: Activists, Hunters, and State Power in the Makah Whaling Conflict

Les Beldo

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226657370
eISBN:
9780226657547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657547.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In 1999, a whaling crew from the Makah Indian Nation hunted and killed a gray whale off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The hunt marked the return of a centuries-old tradition and, predictably, ... More


Introduction

Les Beldo

in Contesting Leviathan: Activists, Hunters, and State Power in the Makah Whaling Conflict

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226657370
eISBN:
9780226657547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657547.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter introduces the Makah whaling by considering the overlapping cultural meanings attributed to the gray whale that approached the Makah whaling canoe in 1999. Centering animals in ... More


It’s Who We Are

Les Beldo

in Contesting Leviathan: Activists, Hunters, and State Power in the Makah Whaling Conflict

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226657370
eISBN:
9780226657547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657547.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Previous accounts of the Makah whaling conflict have represented the revival of Makah whaling as an affirmation of identity and sovereignty. Such explanations fail to fully account for what is at ... More


We Eat Them

Les Beldo

in Contesting Leviathan: Activists, Hunters, and State Power in the Makah Whaling Conflict

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226657370
eISBN:
9780226657547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657547.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Whaling is a political project that depends upon the moral presupposition that whaling is acceptable. In Neah Bay, even opponents of whaling tend to view whales as things-to-be-eaten, reflecting the ... More


Everything Is Connected

Les Beldo

in Contesting Leviathan: Activists, Hunters, and State Power in the Makah Whaling Conflict

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226657370
eISBN:
9780226657547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657547.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses spiritual preparation for whaling. Variability and secrecy are the rule rather than the exception. Not everyone in the community “gets into the spiritual stuff,” as one whaling ... More


The Makah Whale Hunt of 1999

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0024
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

For a more specifically targeted example of the political uses of Ecologically Noble Savage rhetoric, this chapter turns to the case of Makah whaling. On May 17, 1999, the Makah of Neah Bay, in ... More


“The Most Terrible Jaws Afloat”

Jason M. Colby

in Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190673093
eISBN:
9780197559789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190673093.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Conservation of the Environment

Gaius plinius secundus had witnessed a lot of violence in his life—war in Germania, Sicilian raids, Nero’s reign of terror—but killer whales really seemed to scare ... More


“Everything Is Played Out Here”

Joshua L. Reid

in The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300209907
eISBN:
9780300213683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300209907.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter examines the Makah fisheries of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, explaining that overfishing by better capitalized non-Native fishers and local, state, and international ... More


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