NYC – National Museum of the American Indian – Sealskin Whaling Float

NYC - National Museum of the American Indian - Sealskin Whaling Float
Image by wallyg Whaling float with owner's characteristic painted markings, 1880-1920 Sealskin The Nuu-chah-nulth (also formerly referred to as the Nootka, Nutka, Aht, Nuuchahnulth) people, a term used to describe fiteen separate but related Indigenous peoples in Canada's Pacific Northwest, have hunted for whales for thousands of years. Traditionally, whaling crews consisted of eight men, including a chief armed with a 12-16 foot harpon shaft. Once the whale struck, prayer songs were sung to calm it and show respect. Sealskin floats attached to the harpoon line slowed harpooned whales and helped buoy their carcasses. * Opened in October 1994, the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, at the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan, serves as the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition and education facility in New York City. Permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a range of public programsincluding music and dance performances, films, and symposiaexplore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present. Within the Heye Center, the Resource Center orients visitors to the museum's offerings, and provides visitors with the opportunity to use the latest computer technology to learn more about Native life and history. In addition, online technology links the museum and Native communities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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2 Comments to NYC – National Museum of the American Indian – Sealskin Whaling Float

  1. Jan Egil Kristiansen February 24, 2010

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Whaling ⇂, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

  2. jamica1 February 24, 2010

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called History of Canadian Science and Technology, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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