WHALING was first practised by the NUU-CHAH-NULTH people on the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND, long before the arrival of Europeans. The Nuu-chah-nulth pursued the WHALES as they migrated along the coast. Hunters went to sea in log CANOES, armed with harpoons tipped with blades of MUSSEL shell. A long line of CEDAR bark and sinew trailed behind the harpoon, dragging several sealskin floats to tire the fleeing animal. Once the kill was made, the carcass was towed back to the village and...

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