Title

Whale Hunting in Indigenous Arctic Cultures

Abstract

Bowhead whaling has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, from archeology to ethnography to political science. Such research has traced the development and spread of bowhead whaling through the Arctic, the significance of not just the hunt but also the festivals and activities that occur throughout the year, and the battles of whalers to assert their knowledge of the whale and their rights to continue their practices on their own terms. This chapter provides a brief review of the literature on bowhead whaling, and then presents five accounts of Indigenous whaling by Indigenous authors, from two communities in Alaska, one in Chukotka, and one in Nunavut, together with a broader overview of the history of bowhead whaling in Greenland. These accounts, written specifically for this book, demonstrate the vigor of contemporary whaling cultures and the significance that bowhead whaling continues to have for the peoples of Arctic coasts.

Publisher

Academic Press

Publication Date

9-30-2020

Department

Environmental Studies

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

10.1016/B978-0-12-818969-6.00031-5

Notes

Chapter 31

Keywords

Chukotka, Alaska, Nunavut, Greenland, Bowhead whale, Indigenous

ISBN

9780128189696

Language

English

Format

text

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