Friday, December 01, 2006
Left - Anti-Makah whale hunt protester being arrested by Makah police for attempting to exercise his green racism within the Makah nation.
Right - Makah youth expressing his indigneous nation's right to exercise the annual whale hunt.
Needless-to-say, most of humanity has always been predatory towards certain species of birds and animals, and there are certain species of animals that are predatory towards humans.
Indigenous American traditionalists kill certain birds and animals for sustinance, and those that are not killed just for sustinance are sacrified for spiritual purposes.
Indigenous American traditionalists have never hunted for sport. That is what nearly wiped out the North American Bison (buffalo), or as their Indigenous American bretheren the Lakota call them, tatanka.
Modern cases of Indigenous American people hunting certain birds and animals for purposes aside from sustinance are the eagle hunt and the whale hunt.
Not all contemporary Indigenous American traditionalists are in favor of such hunts. Even a minority of the Makah oppose the whale hunt. However, those are Indian issues that only Indian tribal governments should have the right to decide.
As pointed out in this commentary, non-Indian governments and non-profit organizations in the Americas that attempt to impede traditional Indigenous American hunting and fishing practices have no moral right to do so, particularly when such hunting and fishing are conducted within primary traditional Indigneous lands and waters.
Most non-Indian environmental and animal rights activists in the Americas who oppose such hunting and fishing are left-of-center white people and colonized Latino mestizos.
Most anti-Indigenous American fishing rights opponents are white and mestizo rednecks who fish for sporting and commercial purposes.
Left-wing or right-wing, most of those special interests obviously have no regard for Indian autonomy, just like the political parties who rule their nations have a racist Indian policy in the way of being opposed to Indian reservations having the option of full sovereign nation status. Their attempts to impede traditional Indigenous American hunting and fishing practices smacks of what has become to be termed as green racism, which has included acts of violence against Indian hunters and fishers.
Why Greenpeace supports the Makah hunt.