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

Joshua L Reid


For the Makahs, a tribal nation at the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, a deep relationship with the sea is the locus of personal and group identity. Unlike most other indigenous tribes whose lives are tied to lands, the Makah people have long placed marine space at the center of their culture, finding in their own waters the physical and spiritual resources to support themselves. This book explores the history and identity of the Makahs from the arrival of maritime fur-traders in the eighteenth century through the intervening centuries and to the present day. This book ... More

Keywords: Makahs, personal identity, group identity, indigenous tribes, marine space, water, maritime fur-traders, People of the Cape, fishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300209907
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300209907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua L Reid, author
University of Massachusetts, Boston