Nootka Method of Spearing by Edward S. Curtis - "The harpoon for seals, porpoises, and salmon is double-headed, so that if the point on the main shaft glances off, the other may perhaps lodge in the hunter's prey.
Waiting for the canoe, Photogravure. Curtis Caption: "As evening approaches, two women with clam-baskets and digging-sticks gaze across the water, anxiously awaiting the canoe that is to come and convey them home.
Women shopping for baskets on the beach, Port Townsend, ca. UW Library American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
Painted curtain representating the whale hunt, post-1870 Paint on cotton cloth 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. Painted screens are used as backdrops for ceremonies. Early screens were made of wood. When Canada outlawed the potlach (ceremonies aimed at distributing wealth by…