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The Yuquot whalers' shrine

Author: Aldona Jonaitis; Richard Inglis
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1905 George Hunt acquired a collection of materials from the Mowachaht band of the Nuu-chahnulth (Nootka) for the American Museum of Natural History. An assemblage of 92 carved wooden figures and whales, 16 human skulls, and the small building that sheltered them, the shrine had for centuries stood in Yuquot, or Friendly Cove, on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island, to be visited only by chiefs and their  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aldona Jonaitis; Richard Inglis
ISBN: 0295978287 9780295978284 1550547283 9781550547283
OCLC Number: 41531787
Description: xiv, 233 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Representations of the whalers' shrine --
Acquiring the shrine --
The whalers' shrine collections: photographs, artifacts, and narratives --
The Yuquot whalers' shrine --
A Nootka ceremonial house --
Correspondence on the whalers' shrine between Franz Boaz and George Hunt --
History of tô!wek, ̇ who married p!espiats̃!EgwEm, the Wolf-Mother --
History of the ts!awEn tribe of mots̃!at --
Belonging to ts!awen tribe story: whalers' prayers to the four chiefs.
Responsibility: Aldona Jonaitis ; with research contributions by Richard Inglis.

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"In 1905 George Hunt acquired a collection of materials from the Mowachaht band of the Nuu-chahnulth (Nootka) for the American Museum of Natural History. An assemblage of 92 carved wooden figures and whales, 16 human skulls, and the small building that sheltered them, the shrine had for centuries stood in Yuquot, or Friendly Cove, on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island, to be visited only by chiefs and their wives. Since its removal to New York, it has captured the imagination of individuals who have represented it in anthropological and historical writings, film, television, video, and newspapers." "Aldona Jonaitis investigates and reconstructs the history of the shrine both before and after it was acquired for the museum. She analyzes the various representations that have shaped the public's understanding of the shrine's significance and reviews the history of its acquisition, detailing Boas's almost obsessive desire for its purchase, as well as Hunt's dealings with its owners." "Taking the shrine's history up to the present day, Jonaitis addresses important contemporary issues, including the Mowachaht's desire to have the shrine repatriated to Yuquot."--Jacket.

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