Makah whalers celebrate atop a dead gray whale after a successful hunt seen in this May 17, 1999, file photo, in Neah Bay, Wash.
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Makah whalers celebrate atop a dead gray whale after a successful hunt seen in this May 17, 1999, file photo, in Neah Bay, Wash.
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The Makah Whale Hunt Seen Through The Lens Of History

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.