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Posted by Jim on June 13, 2007 at 08:49:06:

In Reply to: 19th-century whale snuffed out by humans posted by Sarah on June 13, 2007 at 00:06:58:

Not to open a debate on aboriginal whaling, but the Inupiat who have great respect for the whale from which the lance tip was removed cherish the whale in life and in death and do not consider it "a complete and utter waste of an animal that was a magnificient living treasure." Quite the contrary, they consider the animial central to their society and consider it a great gift to the people.

I know it is a difficult concept for most people who do not live in Alaska (and even some that do) to grasp. Allow me to suggest a couple of websites to nudge you on your journey to knowledge about this relationship. I suggest, as a beginning, following the whale links on these websites. I doubt that they will change your mind, but it might give you a different point of view.

http://www.tikigaq.com/inupiaq_people/inupiaq_values.shtml
http://www.alaskool.org/projects/traditionalife/traditionalife.html



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