The Whaling Indians: Legendary Hunters

West Coast Legends and Stories: Part 9 of the Sapir-Thomas Nootka Texts

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Morris Swadesh, Edward Sapir, Alexander Thomas

Among the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples of Canada’s West Coast, whaling has been the cultural focus for millennia. Legendary Hunters - Part 9 of the four-volume series The Whaling Indians - features 28 accounts of traditional hunting life among the Nuu-chah-nulth. Drawn from a collection of oral history gathered between 1910 and 1923, these narratives present a vivid portrait of whaling from a First Nations perspective. These accounts outline methods of hunting Humpback and Gray Whales, while also detailing the long preparatory rituals which help guarantee success. Showcasing the perseverance and expertise of Native whalers on the West Coast, Legendary Hunters presents an engrossing look at a fascinating way of life.

Canadian Museum of History
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EnglishPaperback / softback6.83 in x 9.48 inC$44.95431