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The Beluga Cafe : my strange adventure with art, music, and whales in the Far North

Author: Jim Nollman
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Animal communication expert Jim Nollman has sung with orcas, plucked a Jew's harp in waters, teaming with humpback whales, and shaken rattles in the company of bottlenose dolphins. Now, in this heartfelt and quirky true adventure story, Nollman and two artist friends set out for Canada's vast Mackenzie Delta, electric guitar and underwater sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas--the elusive white whales  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nollman, Jim.
Beluga Cafe.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©2002
(OCoLC)647062449
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Nollman
ISBN: 1578050820 9781578050826 1578050871 9781578050871
OCLC Number: 49799698
Description: xi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Art as a giveaway --
Great accursed and the great sage --
Crane-racing --
Beluga Cafe --
Falling in the well --
Animals are listening --
Circular ruins --
Woman who wore a whale skull as a hat --
What the Raven said --
Not talking to Beluga --
Art of seeing --
Avoiding curupira --
My whale-watching guide --
Temporary insanity --
Wilma the beluga whale --
Other people's territory --
Wild heart.
Responsibility: Jim Nollman.
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Animal communication expert Jim Nollman has sung with orcas, plucked a Jew's harp in waters, teaming with humpback whales, and shaken rattles in the company of bottlenose dolphins. Now, in this heartfelt and quirky true adventure story, Nollman and two artist friends set out for Canada's vast Mackenzie Delta, electric guitar and underwater sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas--the elusive white whales of the Arctic. Traveling the expanses of this beautiful northern land, the three friends unwittingly find themselves at the center of a heated controversy over the Beaufort Sea belugas: Why have the whales stopped coming into the Mackenzie Delta, possibly jeopardizing their own calves, who live the first part of their lives in these shallow, warm waters? As they attempt to unravel the mystery, they encounter various intriguing characters now laying claim to the resources of the Mackenzie Delta region--Native people (who are allowed to hunt the whales), wildlife officials, and oil company engineers--all vividly described by Nollman. Along the way, he also conveys both the wonders and the realities of being deep in the wilderness--experiencing the connectedness of all living things while scratching the bites of the world's most fearsome mosquitos.

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