A north pacific indian tribe are taking up their harpoons to revive an old whaling tradition - in defiance of conservationists who have vowed to block them.
The fund for animals, the humane society of the united states and other groups have been waging a legal battle to keep the makah, an american indian tribe who opponents of the hunt say the makah should not be allowed to kill whales because, unlike some tribes in alaska and northern canada and the indigenous. But the tribe decided to stop hunting whales early in the 20th century, when commercial harvesting had depleted the species whale hunting was later strictly regulated nationally and internationally, and the united states listed the northern pacific gray whale, the one most available to the makah,.
The effects of time, assimilation by american society, and outright official federal oppression, and then revived its cultural, religious, and legal rights by resuming its traditional whale hunting in may 1999, after years of legal, cultural and religious preparations, a makah tribal whaling crew harpooned and. Whaling methods in the north pacific and bering sea (map) 420 57 whaling of culture between asia and america via the aleutian island chain this latter aspect hunting off the coasts of the western and southern provinces whale hunt- ing had been carried on since thecivil wars [from the middle of the muromachi.