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have been living in the state's coastal areas for almost 4000 years.
Traditionally, they lived in small coastal villages and got much of
their food from the ocean.
whales, they also caught fish and
seals as well as smaller sea food.
They carved red cedar canoes to access the waters. Their hunting
methods were difficult and not very efficient.
They approached a whale with
several canoes to strike the whale with harpoons which slowly killed
the whale (nowadays, a rifle is used to ensure quick killing and less
Once killed, the whale was brought to land where traditional ceremonies
The whale was then divided up and the products were shared among the villagers.
Makahs have been suspended their whaling rights over the years and then
again been able to re-establish whaling when the populations have
increased. At the present time, the Makahs do not engage in whaling.
This is one example of a village that historically survived on the
bounty from the sea, including whales. However, at one whale a year,
they did not impact the whale population.