Ross Reynolds talks to historian Joshua Reid about his new book, a history of the Makah tribe titled, “The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs."
The Makahs' tribal land occupies the Northwest corner of Washington state. They gained worldwide attention in 1999 when they resumed the traditional practice of hunting for grey whales. Reid's book takes a fresh look at the controversy seen through the history of the Makahs.
Reid, a member of the Snohomish tribe, was born and raised in Washington. In the fall he’ll be at the University of Washington as an associate professor of history and American Indian Studies.
The high value of caviar is driving poachers to an inventive way to cash in on giant sturgeon in the Columbia River:
They lash live fish with ropes to the riverbank for safe-keeping until black-market buyers can be located. Enforcement officials have also found sturgeon carcasses floating in the river with their bellies slit open to harvest their eggs.