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The Sea Is My CountryThe Maritime World of the Makahs$
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Joshua L Reid

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300209907

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300209907.001.0001

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“Events Happen when you get a Whale”

(p.271) Conclusion
The Sea Is My Country

Joshua L. Reid

Yale University Press

Returning to the current controversy over Makah whaling, this concluding chapter revisits the themes of indigenous borderlands and ways that the People of the Cape have combined customary marine practices with new opportunities and technology. Opponents of Makah whaling denigrate the tribal nation for being motivated by a naive and antimodern desire to live in the past. Makah history, however, reveals that this tribal nation has continuously exploited marine space and borderlands networks to chart a traditional future. Modern Makah whaling illustrates that this tribal nation is living in the present and moving into the future while retaining what is best about its traditions. The current whaling efforts exemplify how Makahs are using customary practices to reclaim their marine space while protecting their sovereignty and charting a course for a particular identity in the modern world.

Keywords:   whaling, whalers, Makahs, indigenous peoples, indigenous borderlands, tribal nation

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