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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


You Just Don’t Kill Whales

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/9780226657547.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter traces the motivations and early tactics of the antiwhaling activists who have opposed Makah whaling since the 1990s. I focus in particular on one ad hoc, local antiwhaling organization ... More


The Science Has Ruled

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/9780226657547.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Antiwhaling activists in the Makah whaling conflict are driven by moral and aesthetic arguments against whaling as well as a stated desire to “speak for the whales.” How does one convince others not ... More


Conclusion

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/9780226657547.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

The chapter revisits the book’s main claims and considers what the analysis of the Makah whaling conflict has to contribute to an anthropology that seeks to take itself beyond the human. Political ... More


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