The King of the Seas in the Hands of the Makahs - 1910


The King of the Seas in the Hands of the Makahs - Curtis

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When the Makah in 1855 ceded thousands of acres of land to the government of the United States, they explicitly reserved their right to whale within the Treaty of Neah Bay. This view illustrates the process of beginning to cut up a whale on the shore. The relationship between Makah and whales is very old. Ozette deposits dating from 2,000 years ago hold humpback and gray whale bones and barbs from harpoons. The relationship is also very recent. The Makah Tribe resumed whale hunting under international and domestic law, and on May 17, 1999, harvested their first whale in 70 years. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0650
Photographer Asahel Curtis
Location Washington State
Subject Native Americans
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.2 x 9.1 inches
Photographer's Number No