Death of a Whale: The Challenge of Anti-Whaling Activists and Indigenous Rights
Death of a Whale: The Challenge of Anti-Whaling Activists and Indigenous Rights

Death of a Whale: The Challenge of Anti-Whaling Activists and Indigenous Rights

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In 1998, Sea Shepherd began a campaign to protect gray whales from slaughter by the Makah tribe, an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest that had recently invoked cultural entitlements to allow them to practice their ancestral hunting rights.

Makah members, conservationists, and non-indigenous Americans expressed disparate points of view about whether triabal whaling operations, which had ended almost a century earlier, should be recognized, even when they were not in accord with international indigenous whaling regulations.

This electrifying adventure tale exposes a Native community at odds with itself and shines a light on governments that act from their own agendas, media that twists the facts, and grassroots organizers that display heroic activism.

Supremely detailed and documented, this narrative replays the events as they unfolded. Throughout, Captain Watson’s deep respect for indigenous traditions and rights never waver, even when they conflict with his own devotion to the sovereignty of whales.

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57067-401-3
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches